Tucker Day celebrates the life of 13-year-old murder victim
BRANDENBURG, Ky. (WDRB) -- On Saturday, the Brandenburg Boat Docks will be packed, as people celebrate the life of Tucker Wimpee, a 13-year-old boy who was the victim of a double-murder-suicide.
In a video from Tucker Wimpee's 12th birthday, he was all smiles. His family says the video is special to them because he was killed a year later, before his family could hold his 13th birthday party.
"The second Saturday in September has been declared by our city and our county as Tucker Day," said Stephanie Wimpee, Tucker's aunt.
It's taken a lot of preparation and business donations as the Tucker Day signs go up. Crews are getting the park grounds ready, too, to prepare for all the bounce houses, hay rides and booths.
Wimpee is the son of Meade County Deputy and school resource officer Phillip Wimpee.
"There is a hole in my heart that will never be filled, and things like that put the veil over my heart for a little while," said Phillip Wimpee, Tucker's dad.
Tucker Wimpee was killed in a double-murder-suicide in Nov. 2013, along with his mother and her live-in-boyfriend who turned the gun on himself. The community has rallied around their family providing support in a time of need.
"The death is further down the road in another month," said Stephanie Wimpee. "We separated the months, had this in September, so it would be far enough away so we wouldn't have to think about all that stuff. It's just a big party day for the family, for the friends."
Local businesses are donating food, using their own money and volunteers to make this a successful event, not just for people in Meade County, but anyone who wants to come.
"Everything is free," said Stephanie Wimpee. "You don't have to worry about not having money for drinks, for foods, for rides."
"Come out, have fun," said Phillip Wimpee. "If you see some of our family out here, give them hugs. I just want to see smiles, that's what I want to see. That's what keeps me going: the kids."
Tucker Day runs from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday.
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