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Funeral services set for Douglas Garrity

BRADENTON — Funeral services for Braden River High School assistant football coach Douglas Garrity will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday at St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church on 75th St. W., in Bradenton.

Viewings are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 5624 26th St. W. in Bradenton.

Garrity, 27, of Bradenton, died Saturday night after he was thrown from the back seat of a 2001 Ford truck driven by Braden River head football coach Joshua Lee Hunter.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers are investigating if the wreck was alcohol-related. Hunter, 32, of Bradenton, and two other passengers in the car — Matthew E. Braselton, 26, of Bradenton, and James E. Hunter, 38, of Myakka City – were not injured.

Garrity, who taught dropout prevention, was a second-year teacher and defensive line coach for the Pirates. He also was an assistant coach for the school’s weightlifting team, which won the Manatee County Championships on Monday night at Lakewood Ranch.

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