Social media offers peek into Tucker Cipriano's life before attack
June 1, 2012
By Gina Damron - Detroit Free Press Staff Writer
Nearly two months before he was accused of attacking his family, Tucker Cipriano asked friends on Facebook whether anyone went to local Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
According to police reports, Cipriano was known to use synthetic marijuana and was said to have stolen from his parents.
Social media has offered a glimpse into the life of Cipriano, 19, who is accused along with a friend of breaking into his parents' home on April 16, beating his father to death with an aluminum bat and nearly killing his mother and one of his brothers.
A Feb. 26 message on Cipriano's Facebook page -- he posted under the name Johnathen Kodiak Hammond -- asked: "anyone go to any A.A. meetings around farmington?" A later message, responding to someone giving a meeting location, said: "u go? i need someone to go with."
On March 24, a message was posted, apparently by Cipriano, saying he was "Chillin thinking bout life. Who i am going to meet. Where am i going to go. Where im going to end up. But for now just have fun and enjoy life."
A witness testified earlier this month that Cipriano and Mitchell Young, 20, plotted to kill Cipriano's family, even divvying up who would kill whom. Both are facing first-degree murder and attempted murder charges.
Since the attack, a handful of Cipriano's supporters have posted messages on Facebook and on the website www.tuckercipriano.com , calling him an angel, saying they love him and that "the world will know who the real Tucker is."
"We miss you dearly," says a Facebook message posted May 14 by a young woman who at one point lived with Cipriano and Young in a motel room in Farmington Hills before being evicted, according to a police report. "Stay strong, and never lose faith. We all love you, and never will stop loving you. Till the end of time, you will never be forgotten."
Messages sent to the woman were not returned.
Messages of support for Cipriano on the website have been met with backlash by other posters, some calling his supporters "sick" and "pathetic."
Posters have offered support for the Cipriano family, as Rosemary and son Salvatore recover from the attack, which killed Robert Cipriano.
Friends and loved ones say they are thinking about the family.
"In our prayers every day," one person wrote.
Contact Gina Damron: 313-223-4526 or email@example.com