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NFL Player McKinley Found Dead – Just Like Damien Nash?

Posted by on Sep 21, 2010 | Leave a Comment

NFL Player Kenny McKinley was found dead in his home on Monday at 3:35 p.m. local time in an apparent suicide.  Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson found McKinley’s body in the second-floor master bedroom. According to his report, 23 year old, McKinley was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Robinson said authorities were called by McKinley’s unnamed female friend, who found the body after returning from an errand with his childon Monday, September 20. The sheriff refused to say if authorities found a suicide note. He said, “It’s still part of our investigation and probably nothing we’ll talk about right now.”

McKinley was in his second year as a professional American footballer in the NFL. In August McKinley was on injured set aside after hurting his left knee for the second time in eight months. He was famous for his good sense of humor and infectious smile. In 2009, He was a fifth-round draft choice out of South Carolina. He stays Carolina’s all-time leading receiver with 207 catches for 2,781 yards.

McKinley’s death news quickly spread all over the South Carolina on Monday. Players who normally sprint off the field upbeat walked slowly with their heads down. He becomes the third Broncos player to have lost his life in the last three years.  First, Cornerback Darrent Williams was shot at a party on New Year’s Day 2007 and after 3 months Damien Nash collapsed and died at a charity basketball game.

According to statement of Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, “Kenny had a promising future on the football field, but more importantly, he was a great teammate whose smile and personality could light up the room. This is a tragic loss for our football team, and his family is in all of our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

A statement from Broncos owner Pat Bowlen reads, “He was part of the Broncos’ family and will be greatly missed by our organization.”

On Monday night, several Broncos players were attending a fundraiser in honor of Williams but decline to comment on McKinley’s death. Some said as they left the event that they were not prepared to speak about McKinley’s death.

A bouquet of flowers covered in purple was supported against the door Monday night at McKinley’s home in a subdivision in the southern Denver suburbs.


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