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Memorial held for Coach Duran at Irvin High School

Dozens gathered at Irvin High School Memorial stadium to honor the life of Coach Duran who was killed in a bus crash.

Friends, family members, fellow teachers and students gathered at Irvin High School’s football stadium to remember the coach killed in a crash over the weekend.

An outpouring of support has been shown to Archie Duran’s family over the last couple of days.

The coach and teacher died when the charter bus he was traveling in crashed head-on with a truck

Duran was on the bus with other coaches and students who were returning to El Paso from a track meet in Lubbock.

People wore red to honor Duran. Several people talked about the beloved coach and released red, white and blue balloons in his honor.

One by one people spoke about Duran's legacy.

A fellow coach said a higher power might have needed Duran in heaven.

"I know the reason he took coach Duran is because he needs another track coach in heaven," he said.

One of the athletes stood at the podium and remembered how Duran would encourage her. "He would yell at me 'come on Rosa don't give up.' And then he would yell at me to catch up to them (other runners) one by one."

Visitation for Duran will be held Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Kaster-Maxon & Futrell Funeral Home at 8817 Dyer Street. The vigil will begin at 7 p.m.

A funeral Mass will be held on Friday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church at 9025 Diana Drive at 2 p.m.

Duran's brother contacted KFOX14 and said the public is welcomed to attend the services.

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