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Family remembers life of Greenwood teen, cause of death still unknown

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By: Lauren Fabrizi

The cause of the death of William (Billy) Tucker, an 18-year-old Greenwood teen found dead Sunday, is still unknown. Deputies are waiting on the results of a toxicology report.

Billy's family spoke with Channel 8 Eyewitness News Tuesday to recall his life. His unexpected death has left his parents and twin brothers in shock.

"All I got is that I can hold his last words," father Steve Tucker said. "He told me was he loved me, dad. And drove off."

Lancaster County deputies are still investigating how Billy died. Right now, they know he went to a party and stayed the night in Lincoln Saturday. He returned to a friend's home in Waverly Sunday morning.

According to Sheriff Terry Wagner, Billy told his friends he was still intoxicated, and went to sleep. When they tried to wake him a while later, he wasn't breathing.

There's still a lot of unanswered questions for the family. So they're trying to focus on the good times they shared with Billy, an athlete who loved martial arts, wrestling and football. More than anything, he loved the Huskers.

"Ninety percent of the time you caught him in a Nebraska shirt," Tucker said. "If he had to put something else on because we had a family function or something, he'd grit. In all the pictures, there's Bill with his Husker red shirt on."

Billy had plans to start college in January, and to become a nurse - something his dad said he would have been great at since he could always put a smile on everyone's face.

"Majority of the time somebody was down and out, he was there," Tucker said. "He'd be the first in line. Incredible."

Now it's those memories that will help pull his family through.

The services will be as follows:
Viewing -  Friday, Oct. 18, 5-8 p.m.
Marcy Mortuary, Ashland, NE

Funeral - Saturday, Oct. 19, 3 p.m.
Riverview Community Center/Church, Ashland, NE

Billy's family asks that everyone wear red to the services for his devotion to the Huskers.

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