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Durham teen adopted from Uganda reunites with brother

Posted April 11, 2013
Updated April 12, 2013

— A 16-year-old Durham girl who was adopted from Uganda in 2010 reunited with her younger brother for the first time in years Thursday night at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

"I've got butterflies in my stomach," Agnes Tucker said before her brother Fred stepped off the plane and into her arms. "My God, I can't stop shaking."

The last time Agnes saw Fred was in 2009. Though they were both in Uganda, they were sent to separate orphanages.

Agnes, along with her younger cousins Ruth and Nathan, were adopted together by Jodi Jackson-Tucker and Jerry Tucker, who already had three biological children and a daughter they adopted as an infant.

So, when the Tucker family learned that Agnes had a little brother, they were determined to bring him to Durham.

"We knew somehow we would find him and we would try to reunite them," Jodi Jackson-Tucker said. 

They did find Fred, but reuniting the siblings was fraught with one delay after another. 

When the moment finally arrived, time couldn't move fast enough.

"They just landed. Come quick, come quick," Jodi Jackson-Tucker called out to her children. 

Fred and Agnes Tucker Durham family opens home to brother of adopted Ugandan girl

Agnes threw her arms around Fred – the moment she had been dreaming of for three years was finally here.

Jerry Tucker was moved by the reunion.

"Just seeing the joy on their faces, getting back together, completing this whole process, it is impossible to put into words," he said. 

Fred found the words easily. When he saw the family waiting for him with a "Welcome Home" sign, "I was very happy and excited," he said.

For Agnes, being with Fred again made her family feel complete.

"I'm going to watch him actually grow again," she said.


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  • Rocknhorse Apr 12, 2013

    What a great story!! I love reading these "feel good" stories and hope to see more!!

  • rbenton Apr 12, 2013

    So sweet! I teared up reading the story, there is no way I can watch the video!

  • Caring Apr 12, 2013

    Awesome Reunion! So happy for the Tucker family!

  • blessedmomof2 Apr 12, 2013

    God bless the Tucker Family!

  • Big Daddy B Apr 12, 2013

    Mannnnn, I almost LOST IT watching this. This speaks volumes to so many different things. Caring, compassion, love, selflessness, patience, persistence......OMG, I'm not a crying type but this almost got me and especially to hear Agnes crying just to be able to hold her little brother in her arms again......Wowwwww

  • Scubagirl Apr 12, 2013

    Kudos of the highest magnitude to the Tuckers and their family. This is just such a heartwarming story. We need more people like them.

  • dont_get_it_twisted Apr 12, 2013

    Sweet. Good to hear of this sort of reunion