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Kenny McKinley Remembered At Georgia Funeral (PHOTOS)

AP     First Posted: 09/27/10 03:36 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:50 PM ET

AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) — Kenny McKinley's family, teammates and coaches remembered the Denver Broncos wide receiver as someone who always smiled and brought joy wherever he went.

Several hundred people gathered Monday at a suburban Atlanta church for the 23-year-old's funeral.

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South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier speaks to the media after the funeral for Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley at the Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, in Austell, Ga. McKinley died of an apparent suicide at his home on Sept. 20. McKinley played at South Carolina. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser)
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McKinley died last week at his home near Broncos headquarters in Denver. Authorities believe he shot himself in the head because he was depressed following his second straight season-ending knee surgery.

McKinley was a football standout at South Cobb High School in Austell and was a fifth-round draft choice out of South Carolina in 2009.

Among the mourners were coaches, teachers and students from South Cobb, and members of the South Carolina Gamecocks and Denver Broncos teams.


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