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Rock Springs Pastor: Tucker Hipps was full of life

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Dr. David Gallamore, Senior Pastor of Rock Springs Baptist Church (Sept. 23, 2014/FOX Carolina) Dr. David Gallamore, Senior Pastor of Rock Springs Baptist Church (Sept. 23, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Tucker Hipps (Source: Wren High School football program) Tucker Hipps (Source: Wren High School football program)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Blue lights lit up the Highway 93 bridge between Clemson University and Seneca in Oconee County Monday afternoon.

"It's heartbreaking," Elizabeth Ravaioli said.

Ravaioli, a Clemson University student, didn't know what happened at first, but said she knew it didn't look good as she drove near the area.

"A few of them were hysterically crying," she said. "They were fraternity brothers."

Investigators found the body of 19-year-old Tucker Hipps, a sophomore at Clemson. Investigators said he participated in an early-morning activity run with his frat brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon. But, when he didn't return for breakfast, they reported him missing.

"Shocked, tore up," Justin Burrell said.

Burrell said he and Hipps went to Wren High School in Piedmont. He said they played football and became good friends.

"Sad, lost his life like that," Burrell said.

Investigators found Hipps body near the shore in a rocky area under the bridge, in about 5 feet of water. The bridge sits about 23 feet above the Seneca River, which flows into Lake Hartwell. A coroner said Hipps died from a head injury consistent with a fall.

But Burrell said he'd rather remember the way Hipps lived.

"He was fun," Burrell.

Burrell is a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church, where Hipps was a member too.

"When folks found out about it, they were very distraught," said Dr. David Gallamore, senior pastor at the church.

"Tucker was very involved in our children's ministry while he was in high school," Gallamore said.

He said the Hipps are relying on their faith to make it through this tough time.

"He was just full of life and loves people and they in turn loved him," Gallamore said.

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