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Postby D3C4K » Mon Jan 01, 2007 12:18 pm

SeaWolf wrote:Here is some more info. Yahoo News

Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting early Monday, his limousine sprayed with bullets in downtown Denver.

Team spokesman Jim Saccomano said police called him about 3 a.m. from the scene and told him three people had been shot, and the 24-year-old Williams had been killed. His death came hours after the Denver Broncos were eliminated from the playoff race.

A little after 2 a.m., a white Hummer limousine was fired on from a vehicle that pulled up along its side, police spokesman Sonny Jackson said. As many as a dozen bullet holes were visible on the driver's side of the vehicle. One window was blown out and four others had bullet holes.

Three people in the limo were hit and taken to hospitals, where one man was pronounced dead, Jackson said. The other man and woman who were shot were not identified.

Jackson said police were searching for suspects.

"We have no motive yet," he said. "We're hoping to talk with witnesses to find out where they were coming from, and that might give us some clues."

The limo sat in a snowbank beside Speer Boulevard, a main street through downtown. Police and technicians worked amid snow and ice from recent storms, using small yellow plastic markers to indicate possible evidence.

Saccomano said he spoke with coach Mike Shanahan and others in the organization. Hours earlier, the Broncos lost to San Francisco 26-23 in overtime.

"Complete shock. We're speechless. It takes words away," Saccomano said.

"It is a terrible tragedy," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello added. "We don't know all the details yet, but we are reaching out to the Broncos to offer our support."

The previous active NFL player to die was Thomas Herrion of San Francisco. He had a heart attack following an exhibition game in Denver on Aug. 20, 2005.

Champ Bailey was among the Broncos players and staff members who gathered at Denver Health Medical Center, where Williams' body was taken.

"He had a big heart and a lot of courage," said Cedric Smith, assistant strength and conditioning coach. "It's a tragedy, a complete tragedy. It's sickening."

Williams teamed with Bailey to give Denver one of the NFL's top cornerback tandems. Williams finished the season with 88 tackles, 78 of them solo, and four interceptions.

Players and coaches were off Monday and were scheduled to meet Tuesday before heading home for the offseason.

On Sunday against the 49ers, Williams had three tackles and returned two punts for 50 yards before leaving the game with a shoulder injury late in the second half. After the game he said he planned to wait a few weeks before deciding if he needed an operation.

Williams, a second-round draft pick out of Oklahoma State in 2005, made an immediate impact on the Broncos. He started nine times in his rookie season following a stellar college career.

Anthony Criss, Williams' high school football coach in Fort Worth, Texas, spoke with the cornerback often, and as recently as two weeks ago.

"When he was younger, he always gravitated to the wrong crowd," Criss said. "I remember he went to church and the minister was talking to him about needing to pray and stop hanging around with the wrong people, and he started straightening up and doing the right thing."

Williams matured at Oklahoma State, turning his eye toward pro football, Criss said.

"I visited him his junior year, and he was grown," Criss said. "Everything was, `Yes, sir. No, sir.'"

In December, Williams spoke of returning to his hometown this offseason to talk to youngsters about staying out of gangs. Williams, who has two young children in the Fort Worth area, recently talked to Criss about establishing a free football camp for youth players.

"He had great compassion," Criss said. "He always wanted to try to make sure people did the right thing. He wanted to be a good parent, a good father, a good example for his kids. He will be missed."


Thanks for the update. I feel pretty silly now, pissing and moaning about Denver not scoring enough points for me in my money league. I remember talking to a Broncos fan and hearing how upset they were about being knocked out of the playoffs, but once again a horrible moment puts everything in perspective. Nothing is worth a daddy not coming home to his wife and kids. That's just terrible news. My condolences to the Williams family and friends, and to the Broncos organization and fans. He will be missed.
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Postby mrblitz » Mon Jan 01, 2007 12:33 pm

Very sad, condolences to him and his family. I know the night club scene is popular with all young people. I am not sure if he frequented them often, it was New Years Eve.

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Postby steelersfantc » Mon Jan 01, 2007 12:46 pm

sad to hear and very tragic. I don't have the link. But if you read the interview that the Denver Post's Mike Klis did with Durant Williams....sad to say... it makes one wonder what went on last night. He had a rough childhood and openly talks in the interview of a lifestyle where a night like last night is often the end result.

I remember being in a night club in Des Moines, Iowa during the holiday season when Dennis Gibson played for the Chargers. Gibson walked into the place. Treated people like crap....act like he owned the place. Many peope elected to move onto another club to get away from it. It was gratifying to read the paper a couple days later...a story about how someone put the boots to him in parking lot that very night outside the club. Most of pissed of someone a little bigger and badder. Would of liked to had stay around to watch and cheer on the other guy. I had classmates of Gibson with me that night..hell he even treated them like crap. Hopefully, last night was just a random attack and the Williams and his friend did no wrong.

Regardless..prayers to the Williams family, especially his mother who raised him by working two jobs as a single parent and his two children.
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Postby Cowboys 4 life » Mon Jan 01, 2007 12:57 pm

The_Captain wrote:What a horrible tragedy for the Williams family and the Bronco organization.

Heartfelt condolences to Darrent's widow, his children and the organization..... :,-(

Well said Cap. No since writing the same thing again.
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Postby SniperShot » Mon Jan 01, 2007 1:21 pm

Wow... is this the kind of news I was expecting to see New Years morning when I wake up? NO. I am in utter shock right now. That sucks huge. Words cannot describe my feelings at the moment. I was freaking watching this very gifted athlete YESTERDAY. :-t :-t :-t :-t :-t :-t :-t :-t
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Postby Double Play Ball » Mon Jan 01, 2007 1:22 pm

Wow. This is just terrible. My condolences to the Williams family.

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Postby Karoz » Mon Jan 01, 2007 2:36 pm

Munboy wrote:Wow, all condolences :,-(

Makes you wonder if things would have come out different if they had won and got in the playoffs. Maybe he would have been in a different spot.

And yes, it's pretty trival worrying about your thread being locked.

No confrontational statements please, let's keep the topic focused solely on Darrent Williams, his achievements in life, and his unfortunate death.

As for my feelings on the issue, it is obviously a very sad occasion. This was such a young, gifted individual who was leading a successful life. It is very unfortunate that he lost his life due to meaningless violence.

My condolences go out to his family, friends, and teammates.
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Postby bobbing_headz » Mon Jan 01, 2007 2:54 pm

Wow, complete and utter shock when I wake up this morning to find this on the front page. Very sad, and he was so young. What a shame. :,-(
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Postby Dynasty Deacon » Mon Jan 01, 2007 4:16 pm

My condolences to the family and friends of Darrent Williams. I was honored to have had him on my dynasty team as my top DB, got me 3.5 points yesterday. This truly is a tragedy, not because I lost a large part of my fantasy teams future, but because a young gifted athlete lost his life in a truly senseless act of violence by another person.
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Postby Kilroy » Mon Jan 01, 2007 4:54 pm

Just incredibly sad news. Condolences to the Williams family. :,-(

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