The national fraternity of Sigma Phi Epsilon will contribute $25,000 as a reward for information that helps close the case in the 2014 death of brother Tucker Hipps. This adds to the $50,000 award offered by Crimestoppers of Oconee County, announced earlier this week.
At the time of his death, Tucker was a sophomore member of the fraternity at Clemson University in South Carolina. Despite an investigation by the fraternity, the police and the university, no information has surfaced that has led to definitive knowledge about Tucker’s death or charges in the case.
“Every single day, we wake up and try to do the things that keep our brothers safe and prevent the tragedy that the Hipps family experienced,” said Chief Executive Officer Brian Warren. “We care about every single member of SigEp, and we care about the people they love. We want nothing more than to help bring closure to the Hipps family, because that is what our values — what virtue, diligence and brotherly love — mean to us.”
As authorities have reported, anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4111 and ask to speak to Investigator Jimmy Dixon. If you want to leave an anonymous tip, call Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372).
“We agree with Tucker’s mom, Cindy, who has said time and time again, ‘The truth is out there.’ We hope this moves someone to speak out and bring forth information, so that anyone involved in Tucker’s death can finally be held accountable,” said Warren.
Sigma Phi Epsilon is a college fraternity headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, with 13,000 undergraduates on 200 campuses across the United States. In 2015, the Fraternity’s undergraduates instituted the Balanced Man Program as a continuous member development program for all chapters, focused on academic achievement, healthy lifestyle choices and leadership development. In 2017, the Fraternity’s undergraduates took another bold step, making all SigEp houses substance-free to foster a living-learning environment of brotherhood. The Fraternity currently maintains a 3.2 national GPA.