Williams was riding in a stretch limo with friends, including teammate Javon Walker, after attending a nightclub party. An altercation in the nightclub apparently led to gunfire into the limo, which struck and killed Williams. Police were hesitant to link the altercation with the shooting.
"All of us are devastated by this tragedy," Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said in a statement. "To lose a young player, and more important, a great young man such as Darrent Williams, is incomprehensible. To lose him in such a senseless manner as this is beyond words. My deepest feelings, all my thoughts and prayers, go out to Darrent's mother and family. The entire Broncos' organization shares my grief. Darrent was a wonderful young man, and his passing is a great loss for his family, the Broncos and the city."
Broncos players remembered Williams on Monday as a fun-loving, popular teammate who played the game hard and enjoyed it. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan offered his condolences in a statement released by the team.
"Losing a fine young man such as Darrent Williams leaves me speechless with sadness," Shanahan said. "We all know that Darrent was an excellent player, but as a person, he was a first class young man who brightened every room with his smile, attitude and personality. I cannot express how heartsick I feel at this loss. All of our players and coaches are completely shocked by this terrible tragedy."
--WR Javon Walker was with cornerback Darrent Williams when Williams was shot and killed Monday morning. Walker came to the team facilities but did not speak with reporters.
"It's hard," Bell said. "It doesn't seem real right now. I don't
know, man. It's hard right now."
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