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Duplessis: A final tribute

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Memorial service celebrates life of late Tech athlete
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Louisiana Tech University head football coach Sonny Dykes speaks about the life of Tyrone Duplessis during a Friday memorial service held at the Thomas Assembly Center. Tributes to Duplessis, a redshirt sophomore running back from New Orleans, were delivered during the hour-long ceremony.

Somewhere up in the reserved seat section of heaven, Tyrone Duplessis surely had a big smile on his face late Friday afternoon.

He just had to because, well, that was just him.

But in all likelihood, he was probably also grinning— and wondering— what all the “fuss” was about when all of his former football teammates at Louisiana Tech University and countless others gathered on the Karl Malone Court of the Thomas Assembly Center to talk about how much of a difference he had made in their lives and how he had the grit and determination of a warrior.

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