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Texas Rangers to honor Shannon Stone with a statue

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The Texas Rangers will honor Shannon Stone, the fan who fell to his death during a game earlier this year, with a statue.

The bronze statute will also feature Stone's six-year-old son, Cooper, who was with him at the time of his tragic fall. It's tentatively called "Rangers Fans" and will likely be placed near the home-plate entrance of Rangers Ballpark.

"We feel that this statue will be a most fitting tribute," Rangers president Nolan Ryan said. "It will not only serve to honor Mr. Stone's memory but also recognize Rangers fans and baseball fans everywhere. I have discussed the project with Jenny Stone, and she and the Stone family will be involved in the design and creation of the statue."

The project is expected to be completed by next season.

Stone died after falling from the left-field stands while trying to catch a ball tossed by Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton on July 7. His death led to new safety protocol, including the raising of all railings, at the stadium.

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