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    City, team, kin reel from brutal killing

    Probe of player's death focuses on SUV and witnesses in club, limo
    By Kirk Mitchell and Bill Williamson
    Denver Post Staff Writers
    Article Last Updated: 01/02/2007 01:06:10 PM MST

    There was a disagreement between two groups of people at the club, said Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson. The argument may have led to the shooting, but police are also investigating other possible motives.

    An eyewitness, who had been at the party, told The Denver Post he saw Williams and Walker get into the limo with a group of people. There was another exchange with someone outside the limo, and then someone - not Williams or Walker - got out and chased them down the street, said the eyewitness, who did not want to be named.

    The limo took off up Speer Boulevard, where it was overtaken by the white SUV.
    "It woke me up," said Tanya Dixon, who lives a few blocks from the shooting. "I heard seven or eight shots."

    Bell, a close friend of Williams' and a former teammate at Oklahoma State University, was supposed to join Williams later at the Shelter. "All I know is a guy drove up on him and started shooting," Bell said. "He was good people, man. He's got two kids. I just feel bad." Denver police are searching for suspects, but no one is in custody, Jackson said.
    The Hummer, owned by A Advantage Limousine Service, rents for $250 an hour on New Year's Eve, according to a spokesman for the company. He said he could not comment about the shooting, at the request of the Police Department.

    Williams, 24, was the Broncos' starting right cornerback and played in the 26-23 overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers that ended Denver's season on New Year's Eve.

    Neighbor Arlene Helmus saw Williams leaving home for the stadium Sunday morning, his bag in hand. He warned her to be careful; the steps were slick. "I said, 'You be careful. We need you,"' Helmus recalled Monday night. "He just laughed and said, 'You're right."' The day before, Williams had helped neighbors shovel snow from their steps. "I don't know that he ever knew my name," Helmus said, "but we'd see each other coming and going, and he was always friendly, always very nice." She said she was devastated that such a polite young man had been killed.

    Shanahan said he was speechless with sadness over Williams' death. "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," he said. "I cannot express how heartsick I feel at this loss. All of our players and coaches are completely shocked by this terrible tragedy, and my deepest condolences go out to the entire Williams family."

    The Broncos are expected to charter a plane for the team to go to Fort Worth for the funeral, which will probably be held Saturday. There may be some sort of service in Denver, as well.

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