Family and friends gather at Northway Christian Church in Dallas to remember Richard Durrett, a veteran reporter who covered Dallas-area sports for ESPN. Durrett died Tuesday at the age of 38.
Durrett covered the Rangers and other teams for ESPN Dallas for the last five years. He worked at the Dallas Morning News before joining ESPN.
Patrick Stiegman, vice president and editorial director for ESPN Digital & Print Media, called Durrett "a dedicated colleague and friend."
The Rangers offered their condolences in a statement. The team said Durrett covered the organization "with professionalism and integrity."
Durrett's survivors include his wife, Kelly, and two children.
The Rangers tweeted a message from the family Saturday afternoon:
A message from the family of Richard Durrett. pic.twitter.com/Da1KuRkGJQ
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) June 21, 2014
The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation has set up a fund to support Durrett's family. Donations can be made online or through the mail:
Richard Durrett Family Fund
Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation
1000 Ballpark Way, Suite 400
Arlington, TX 76011
Donations can also be made at Liberty Bank at any of their five metroplex locations or through the mail:
The Richard Durrett Family Fund
c/o Liberty Bank
3880 Hulen St., suite 100
Fort Worth, TX 76107
All donations made through the Rangers Foundation in his memory will be directed to the Richard Durrett Family Fund.
Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House has also set up a fundraiser event for Durrett on Saturday, June 28 at the east Dallas location. They will collect donations for the Durrett family and hold a silent auction. A Facebook page has been created for the event.