Denver Broncos News Blog - 1/7/07

Twenty-four year old Darrent Williams was laid to rest on Saturday - now the Denver Broncos face the difficult task of moving on.


Darrent Williams Funeral Coverage
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"Already" missed- Denver Post – Mike Klis
1/7/07 – As the Broncos entered the sanctuary, they fell into a steady, quiet procession toward the open casket until a gap began to form in the line. Champ Bailey was slowing down, rubbing his neck, breathing in this way, exhaling to the other, clearly uncomfortable at the prospect of confronting Darrent Williams while his good friend and fellow cornerback was lying in repose.

Finding inspiration- Denver Post – Mike Klis
1/7/07 – Eventually, maybe as soon as this week, the Broncos will have to move on without Darrent Williams. Once the hurt and anger subside, questions are answered, the tears dry, and justice hopefully is served, the Broncos will not only have to free their grip on Williams' boundless energy and jovial spirit, but replace his mortal being at right cornerback.

Society can't allow killing to continue- Denver Post – Mark Kizla
1/7/07 – No little boy should ever have to stare death in the eye. But there was 7-year-old Darius Williams, hands trembling, standing in front of a church packed by more than 2,000 mourners, saying goodbye to a corpse in an open casket.

Shanahan's personal side shows in eulogy- Denver Post – Bill Willimson
1/7/07 – Mike Shanahan had them crying. Mike Shanahan had them laughing. Mike Shanahan had them cheering. Saturday, during an afternoon brimming with emotion and drama, in perhaps the toughest week of Mike Shanahan's personal life, he had them. It completed a week in which the mother of Darrent Williams called the Broncos coach an "inspiration."

Walker reeling over death- Denver Post – Mike Klis
1/7/07 – As the shocking details in the death of Darrent Williams became known, it was revealed Javon Walker was among the first to see him die. Given what he had been through, Walker didn't need to be among the last to say goodbye. Walker was one of few Broncos who didn't attend Williams' funeral Saturday at the Great Commission Baptist Church.

Broncos turn out in force for Williams- Rocky Mountain News – Jeff Legwold
1/7/07 – A sanctuary that seats 2,300 was bursting at the beams Saturday with those who wanted to say their goodbyes to Darrent Williams as friends, family and teammates promised to remember his smile, continue his legacy and help each other through the sadness of his death.

Man faces questions in slaying of Williams- Rocky Mountain News – Hector Gutierrez And Charlie Brennan
1/7/07 – A parole violator arrested Friday evening will be questioned about the killing of Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams, Denver police said in announcing what could be their first big break in the case. Willie Clark, 23, was taken into custody about 5:45 p.m. by the Denver Police Department's fugitive unit on a warrant for violating his parole, a police spokesman said. Clark was arrested near West 11th Avenue and Osage Street in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Broncos turn out in force to pay respects to slain teammate- 9News.com
1/7/07 – Darrent Williams came home Saturday to the tough streets he embraced and escaped, where he first flashed his awesome athletic skills and infectious smile. Thousands of friends, family members, teammates and fans attended the funeral for the charismatic Denver Broncos cornerback who was killed in a drive-by shooting on New Year's Day.

Broncos mourn, celebrate- Longmont Times – Bill Wilson
1/7/07 – Ian Gold rose to his feet amid his somber teammates, swayed rhythmically and began to clap. An open casket mere feet in front of him held the body of his Denver Broncos teammate Darrent Williams, and more than 2,000 mourners packed the Great Commission Baptist Church on Saturday to attend his funeral.

Something special- Star-Telegram – Nakia Hogan
1/7/07 – The first person who called was his younger brother. He had phoned to pass on the bad news, to inform him about the first murder in Denver of 2007. "Stop playing," said James Fuller, who was in no mood for a crank call in those wee hours. Click. The phone rang again. "I'm not playing," said Keith Fuller, a known family prankster. "This is serious. Click. Keith called right back. "Something has happened to Dee," he said. "He's been shot. Dee's dead."

Williams Laid to Rest- DenverBroncos.com – Andrew Mason
Saturday, January 6, 2007 - FORT WORTH, Texas -- Cornerback Darrent Williams was laid to rest Saturday afternoon following a two-and-a-half hour funeral service that meshed tears with laughter and sadness with bouts of spirited jubilation. Over 3,000 mourners jammed the Great Commission Baptist Church, where Williams was memorialized in an environment that was decorated by an array of floral bouquets, both his white and blue Broncos jerseys, his helmet and other items that commemorated the path his life took from the streets of this Texas metropolis to a Division I-A scholarship and eventually to NFL stardom. President/CEO Pat Bowlen told the throng that the Broncos had never before experienced a similar tragedy to that which befell them when Williams died on New Year's morning as a result of a drive-by shooting.

Hobbs honors fallen Bronco- Denver Post – Jim Armstrong
01/07/2007 - Foxborough, Mass. - The T-shirt hanging above Ellis Hobbs' locker said it all: R.I.P. - D Williams - 27.That would be Darrent Williams. Hobbs had the New England Patriots' equipment staff iron the words on his T-shirt so he could wear it under his jersey during Sunday's 37-16 playoff win over the New York Jets. "I had a purpose going out there," Hobbs said. "I asked the Lord, 'Let him play through me.' Because I know how badly he wanted it when they played. Seeing him on the field, with his aggressive mentality, we're the same type of player." Williams, whose tragic death has resonated throughout the football world and points beyond, walked a similar path as Hobbs during his 24 years. Both were raised in the Dallas area, both went on to play cornerback in the Big 12, both were drafted in 2005, and both became a starter for an NFL playoff team.

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