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Remembering State Representative Richard Byrd

Services are set for tomorrow for a Missouri lawmaker who died of an apparent heart attack last weekend at his suburban St Louis home. In addition to being a state representative, Richard Byrd was an attorney. He chaired the House Judiciary Committee and was in the public spotlight when he handled the legislation limiting liability lawsuits, a high-profile bill that was a Republican priority and drew opposition from many Democrats. KSMU's Missy Shelton spoke with legislators from Southwest Missouri and asked them to share their memories of Representative Richard Byrd.

TALKING TO THOSE WHO SERVED WITH REPRESENTATIVE RICHARD BYRD IN THE MISSOURI HOUSE, YOU GET A GLIMPSE OF WHAT HE WAS LIKE.

IN DESCRIBING HIM, HIS COLLEAGUES ALL USE WORDS LIKE INTELLIGENT, AFFABLE, GENTLE AND KIND.

THE DEATH OF THE 46 YEAR OLD HAS BEEN A SHOCK TO MANY REPRESENTATIVES