Friends and Family Gather to Remember ESPN Reporter Richard Durrett

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    Family, friends and colleagues said goodbye to Texas Rangers' and ESPN writer Richard Durrett.

    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.

    Remembering Richard Durrett

    [DFW] Remembering Richard Durrett
    When Richard Durrett died, the Dallas-Fort Worth sports community froze. One of the good guys left us way too early at the age of 38. While he covered a variety of sports, baseball was his passion. Perhaps his finest work was a column he wrote in 2011 called "What Baseball Means to Sons and Fathers." Durrett revealed personal feelings in the aftermath of firefighter Shannon Stone’s death, after he fell while reaching for a ball thrown by Josh Hamilton. Durrett’s closest sports colleagues honor him by reading from that column.

    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:

    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.

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