Tucker Cipriano 'not a monster,' girlfriend tells radio station - Fox 2 News Headlines

Tucker Cipriano 'not a monster,' girlfriend tells radio station

Posted: Updated:
  • Tucker Cipriano Murder TrialMore>>

  • Tucker Cipriano pleads no contest to first-degree felony murder

    Tucker Cipriano pleads no contest to first-degree felony murder

    Monday, June 17 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-06-17 22:45:07 GMT
    In a surprising move, Tucker Cipriano pled no contest to murder in the beating death of his father. Cipriano made the plea just days before members of his own family were set to testify against him.
    In a surprising move, Tucker Cipriano pled no contest to murder in the beating death of his father. Cipriano made the plea just days before members of his own family were set to testify against him.
  • Source: Tucker Cipriano to plead guilty in deadly attack

    Source: Tucker Cipriano to plead guilty in deadly attack

    Monday, June 17 2013 1:28 PM EDT2013-06-17 17:28:05 GMT
    A source close to the investigation tells FOX 2 that Tucker Cipriano will plead guilty to the deadly 2012 attack that left his father dead. Watch live coverage right here beginning around 1:30 p.m.
    A source close to the investigation tells FOX 2 that Tucker Cipriano will plead guilty to the deadly 2012 attack that left his father dead. Watch live coverage right here beginning around 1:30 p.m.
  • Jury seated for Tucker Cipriano's murder trial

    Jury seated for Tucker Cipriano's murder trial

    Wednesday, June 12 2013 7:59 PM EDT2013-06-12 23:59:45 GMT
    A jury has been seated for the trial of Tucker Cipriano. The teen and his friend are charged with beating Cipriano's father to death with a baseball bat and badly injuring his mother and brother.
    A jury has been seated for the trial of Tucker Cipriano. The teen and his friend are charged with beating Cipriano's father to death with a baseball bat and badly injuring his mother and brother.
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (WJBK) -

"Tucker's not a monster.  If you met Tucker personally, you'd fall in love with him within five minutes," said Tucker Cipriano's girlfriend Sofiya Baskin.

Interviewing with WWJ Radio, she and another friend, Keauntae Williams, responded to questions about whether or not Cipriano is a monster.

"He's more of a person that will be there for anybody.  He don't even have to know you.  He doesn't have to like you, but he will take care of you.  He doesn't want to see anyone get hurt," Williams said.

A stark contrast to the Tucker Cipriano the public has come to know as a troubled teen with a history of drug and alcohol arrests, high on K2, who, along with Mitchell Young, is accused of bludgeoning his father, Robert Cipriano, to death with a baseball bat and nearly killing his mother, Rose, and brother, Salvatore.

"Tucker said he had no family.  I'm adopted.  He's adopted, too.  We had just that kind of connection," Baskin explained.  "What attracted me most to him, Tucker said he didn't have a heart.  He actually carved into his body a heart because he thought that maybe a new one would grow because of all the hurt and heartbreak he's been through -- his parents, his brothers, family, friends."

She says Young threatened to kill Tucker and his friends unless Tucker helped him rob the Cipriano family.  Now she says Tucker has spoken to friends on the phone and he's written her from jail and is full of regret for what happened, claiming Young did it.

"He broke Mitchell's jaw when he saw his father dead on the ground and he left," Baskin told the radio station.  "He loved him.  He worshipped the ground that his father walked on."

"He wrote on his letter, 'Dear anybody, please bring my daddy back.  No matter how many thousands of times I say it, I can never bring him back.'"

"He actually said he wanted to sue the K2 company.  He said, 'I want to give half the money to my family to pay for their medical bills and to buy my father a good gravestone.'"

The other half he said should go to a friend who he says helps troubled teens.

Meantime hospital officials say Rose Cipriano continues to improve and Tanner Cipriano posted on Facebook that his brother, Salvatore, put his baseball cap on all by himself for the first time and keep the prayers coming.

Tucker Cipriano and Mitchell Young will be back in court for their preliminary exam on Friday, June 8.  That is also the same date as a 5K walk and run to benefit the Cipriano Children's Trust Fund.  Click here for more information about the Cipriano Classic.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • FBI joins the search for Armada teen's killer

    FBI joins the search for Armada teen's killer

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:08 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:08:38 GMT
    The FBI has joined the investigation team searching for the killer of a 14-year-old Armada girl, April Millsap.
    The FBI has joined the investigation team searching for the killer of a 14-year-old Armada girl, April Millsap. Authorities also say they are now looking for a small motorcycle in addition to the gray, dented van seen in the area.
  • Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:38:55 GMT
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
  • Man hospitalized after run-in with Ecorse police

    Man hospitalized after run-in with Ecorse police

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:05:54 GMT
    Witnesses and lawyers say a man was attacked by Ecorse police Monday morning even though he was complying with police demands.
    Witnesses and lawyers say a man was attacked by Ecorse police Monday morning even though he was complying with police demands.
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices