Williams' mother trying to cope with tragedy

Updated: January 2, 2007, 1:29 AM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- The tears are only a thought away.

Every time Rosalind Williams thinks about her son, Darrent, they start falling again.

"He was hardworking, just full of life and big hearted," she said from a suburban Denver hotel room Monday night.

Williams, 24, who just completed his second season with the Denver Broncos, was killed Monday in a drive-by shooting following an altercation at a nightclub.

"All I can say is he did more in his 24 years ... maybe that's why he did so much because he knew his time on Earth was limited," Rosalind Williams said. "All day I've been in tears. I've been sick all day. If you say one wrong thing, I'll grieve. I'm taking it one minute at a time. I can't say one hour -- minute by minute. One minute I'm OK, and the next I'm not."

She said she's searching for answers about her only child's final moments. She wants to talk to receiver Javon Walker, who reportedly was in the limousine with Williams.

"I can't bring Dee back," she said. "I do want his killer brought to justice. If we turn the other cheek and let it go, that's saying it's OK to carry guns, do a drive-by. I pray for the killer that he gets his life right."

Williams' mother said she was comforted by the words of Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, who visited her hotel room Monday afternoon.

"It meant the world to me that Mr. Shanahan came to the hotel and had a talk with me," she said.

Williams was a second-round draft choice in 2005 out of Oklahoma State and teamed with Champ Bailey to give Denver one of the NFL's top cornerback tandems.

Funeral arrangements tentatively are planned for Saturday at Great Commission Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, where Williams grew up.

Last month, he said he wanted to go to Fort Worth to talk to kids about staying out of street gangs.

His mother said those dreams don't have to die with him.

"I want every kid to know to live their life to the fullest," she said. "Don't let anyone say you can't do anything. Look what Dee achieved in 24 years."


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