View Full Version : Broncos' Darrent Williams Dead after Drive-by Shooting (1/1/07)

01-01-2007, 09:10 AM
Broncos' Darrent Williams Is Shot Dead
Monday, January 1, 2007 8:33 AM EST
The Associated Press

DENVER (AP) Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in downtown Denver early Monday morning, police said.

Team spokesman Jim Saccomano said police called him about 3 a.m. local time from the scene of the shooting and told him three people had been shot and that Williams had been killed.

A little after 4 a.m. EST, a white Hummer limousine was sprayed with bullets from a vehicle that up along its side, said Sonny Jackson, spokesperson for the Denver Police Department.

Three people in the limousine were hit and were taken to area 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 the suspects and interviewing witnesses.

Saccomano said he spoke with coach Mike Shanahan and others in the organization.

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

Williams, a second-round pick in the 2005 draft out of Oklahoma State, started nine games as a rookie due to injuries. This season, he took over as the starter for Lenny Walls alongside Champ Bailey, and was second on the team with four interceptions and tied for third with 86 tackles.

On Sunday against the 49ers, he had a sack, a forced fumble, and led the team with seven


01-01-2007, 09:57 AM
I just saw this as well and first thing I thought when I saw the headline was "holy ..."

So sad to see a young life come to an abrupt end like that.

R.I.P. Darrent.

01-01-2007, 10:20 AM
Very sad. He had recently spoken of his desire to speak to kids in Ft. Worth about staying out of gangs. Having worked in a gang-heavy environment, I can tell you that this is a strong likely motive. You can leave the neighborhood, but jealousy and past connections will follow you, like it or not. Very sad no matter what the motive is found to be.

01-01-2007, 10:37 AM
Holy crap. 24 years old...what a waste.

01-01-2007, 11:55 AM
Awful news :(

01-01-2007, 12:01 PM
sad news heck of a good corner also

01-01-2007, 12:14 PM
Awful news :(Where you been, my brother?

This board has been dramatically Gator-less (and Buckeye-full) in your absence.

Welcome back. :thumbup:

01-01-2007, 12:15 PM

01-01-2007, 03:08 PM
A sad story. He was a good cornerback

Chip R
01-04-2007, 01:56 PM
It looks like Williams went to a party for Kenyon Martin, of all people, but Kenyon left before any trouble started. They have also impounded the SUV they think was involved in the shooting.


Roy Tucker
01-04-2007, 02:41 PM
If I were a pro athlete (NFL, NBA, MLB, or NHL), I'd stay the hell away from guns and nightclubs.

These guys are putting themselves squarely in the middle of potentially bad situations. Doesn't seem like rocket science to stay away from it all.

01-04-2007, 04:43 PM
If I were a pro athlete (NFL, NBA, MLB, or NHL), I'd stay the hell away from guns and nightclubs.

These guys are putting themselves squarely in the middle of potentially bad situations. Doesn't seem like rocket science to stay away from it all.

You know, I was thinking that too, but then I remembered that this guy is 24 years old and I thought of what I was doing when I was 24, going out to clubs on the weekends and trying to meet girls. If I had the money and fame that these guys do, I'd want to do it even more. The big difference being that I never had guns on me and wasn't famous. You could ask guys like Williams to stay away from the guns when they go out, but that doesn't mean some wannabe gangsta who picks a fight with them won't be armed.

I don't think you can ask these guys to stay home and live in a bubble, but maybe they might want to choose better places to go. Maybe sticking to private clubs may be the way to go.

01-04-2007, 08:08 PM
I think more is going to come out on this then what we currently know.

08-11-2007, 08:58 PM
Bumped this to show what Javon Walker had to say about the night Darrent Williams was shot. Pretty heart-wrenching stuff....


Walker speaks about teammate's death
/ Associated Press
Posted: 2 hours ago

Denver Broncos wide receiver Javon Walker says he still has the bloodied shirt from the night teammate Darrent Williams died in his arms after a drive-by shooting on New Year's Day.
In his first public comments about Williams' unsolved death, Walker tells HBO's "Real Sports" in a segment to be aired Tuesday night that he keeps the unlaundered shirt as a reminder of his friend and of the fragility of life.

Interviewer Andrea Kremer asks Walker about showing up to Broncos headquarters about 10 hours after Williams' slaying while still wearing his bloodstained clothes.

"I still have those clothes," Walker replied.

Asked why he hadn't washed them, he said, "It's just something that reminds me every day of what could happen and this is what happened to my friend. And this is like ... what's left of him is on my clothes."

Walker told The Associated Press on Saturday that the interview with Kremer was the only time he planned on talking publicly about the Williams slaying.

Williams was a rising 24-year-old star who had just completed his second season in the NFL when the stretch limousine he was riding in was sprayed with bullets after leaving a nightclub in downtown Denver where there had been an altercation between people in Williams' group and suspected gang members.

No charges have been filed in the case, although police believe several men in custody on federal drug charges have information about Williams' slaying.

"Real Sports" said another Broncos receiver, Brandon Marshall, and his cousin were partying with Williams' group that night and began spraying champagne around, "some of which hit a club patron and his friend, who confronted Williams and his entourage."

Those men flashed gang signs and were escorted out of the club, said members of a rap group from Williams' hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, who were with him that night.

Walker said he didn't see the encounter inside the club but saw trouble brewing when he left at closing time. Marshall and his cousin were exchanging heated words with two men, he said. The rappers said it was the same men who had been kicked out of the club earlier that night.

After Williams and Walker both tried to intervene, Williams told Walker to ride with him in his Hummer limousine, and they drove off into the night, Walker said.

Less than a mile away, Walker said he was turning up the music when Williams suddenly fell into his lap.

Walker said he pushed Williams away and told him to quit messing around - and that's when he saw blood spurting from Williams' neck and heard the other gunshots.

Walker said he held Williams close and tried to stop the bleeding.

"All I remember at that point in time was he was just looking up at me and I was just like, 'I got you, Dee, I got you, Dee. I got you, Dee,"' Walker recounted. "So, the limo went off the road into the side of the snow. I just remember grabbing him, pulling him out the limo."

Walker said he didn't know if he should run with Williams and worried if "these dudes were going to try to finish us off?"

"You don't know what to think," Walker said, "to have somebody die in your arms and you know you're the last person he hugged."

Walker said he didn't attend Williams' funeral in Fort Worth with the rest of the Broncos "because all it was going to do was just bring back memories of something I didn't want to feel again."

He said it had been hard enough when the Broncos held a private memorial service at team headquarters and he didn't know what to tell Williams' mother, Rosalind Williams, as she hugged him.

Instead, Walker went to Las Vegas, fearful, he said, for his own life in case the shooter wanted to "finish everyone off" who was in the limo.

Walker, who joined the Broncos in a draft day trade from Green Bay last year, said at first he didn't want to keep playing in Denver.

He said he doesn't need any grief counseling, but acknowledged he'll probably never put the tragedy behind him: "Maybe when I see him in heaven, I can ask him, maybe put it behind me then."

Coming off a torn knee ligament that wiped out most of his 2005 season, Walker piled up 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns on 69 catches last year.

He's had a stellar training camp and has steadfastly refused to talk about anything other than football. He told The AP on Saturday that last year was just of glimpse of what he can do on the field.

"Obviously, last year I was coming in and trying to rehab and learn the offense and get familiar with my teammates. This year, is just boom, full-speed, all-go ahead," he said. "I feel good. I'm healthy. Nothing's wrong. And I'm ready to take off from a fast start."