Detroit — Tragedy befell the owners of an east-side bar Sunday morning when a woman shot herself in the tavern’s back room and was rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead — and as her brother drove to check on her less than an hour later, he was killed when his car collided with an SUV.
Brenda Tucker, 21, had been suffering from depression, said her uncle, Eddie Falbo. Some time between 1 and 2 a.m. Sunday, she threatened suicide inside the Texas Bar on Kercheval, which is owned by her family.
“She grabbed a gun, and I took it away from her head,” Falbo said. “Others were talking to her. I came out the door and heard, ‘pop.’ It was terrible. There were about 8 to 10 people in the bar; everyone heard it.”
Tucker was rushed to St. John Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her brother, 20-year-old Ricky Tucker, left the bar to check on the victim, but on the way, his car collided with a Chevrolet Suburban on East Warren near Woodhall. He was killed, and the driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries, Falbo said.
“So my nephew was going to look after his sister, and he ends up getting killed, too,” Falbo said. “This is a close family; this is a tough one.”
The incident marked the third death in the family during the past six months, Falbo said. Ricky Tucker, he said, fatally shot his step-father, in self-defense.
“The boy — the one who just died — killed his step-dad; they were shooting back and forth, and he killed him in self-defense. The police let him right out of jail, because (his step-father) was shooting at him.
“Three people in one family killed in six months,” Falbo said. “These kids’ mother is going through hell.”