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10/09/07 - Hughes Springs

An East Texas Marine Is Killed While Training

A family remembers an East Texas Marine who lost his life doing what he loved. 19-year-old Lance Corporal Darren Edward Driggers,of Hughes Springs was killed Saturday at Camp Pendleton in California. Driggers and another Marine were changing a flat tire on a armored support vehicle, when there was an equipment malfunction. KLTV 7's LaKecia Shockley talked with Driggers' family about Darren's daring life and his commitment to serving his country. 

"He was just a typical kid when he was little, and he grew up to be a typical teenager. He liked to hunt, fish, and he loved the wildlife," said Darren's father Charles Edwards Driggers. 

Darren Driggers was a typical kid -- with his eyes set on a future of service.  "He wasn't worried about being sent to Iraq. He wanted go over there and fight for his country and to help those people-- he wanted that," said Darren's brother Charles Derrick Driggers. "He was always eager. If he set his mind to do something he was pretty determined to do it," said Kim Driggers, Darren's mother. Like most young boys, Darren played football and loved hanging out with his big brother Charles. "He was seven years younger than me. He would come up and slap me with a stick and take off running, even seven years younger than me, I still couldn't catch him.

I used to tell him that I was better looking than him, of course I was lying, because he was definitely better looking. He used to tell me that he looked up to me all the time, but I believe it was the other way around. I believe we all looked up to him and he kept us going," said Charles. "He was a good son, a loving son, and a good person," said Kim Driggers.  Darren was a good person, who was training to fight and be a hero for his country and his family that he loved. "He cared and loved his family. There will never be another person in this world like my brother. He made the definition of a hero," said Charles. Darren's family says he was scheduled to be deployed to Iraq next year. His funeral services are pending. His family is waiting for Darren's body to return home from California.

LaKecia Shockley, reporting.



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