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Kenny McKinley Remembered in Austell

AUSTELL, Ga. - Friends and family of Kenny McKinley remember him as a young man with endless athletic talent and an infectious smile.

Several hundred people gathered Monday at The Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral in Austell for McKinley's funeral. The 23-year-old attended worship services one day before taking his own life.

"He's the last person I would ever expect to do this," sais friend Josh Travis, who played Pee Wee football with McKinley when the two were children. "I never saw it from him."

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, where he played quarterback. He changed positions, starring as a wide receiver at the University of South Carolina.

"He was never too busy to stop and speak to a kid," said John Barbour, a South Carolina fan who traveled to Georgia from his home in Charleston for the funeral. "He would say, 'Mr. Barber, I can't believe all these people want my autograph'. He was just so unassuming, a great kid."

McKinley was drafted in the 5th round by Denver.

McKinley's teammates from the Broncos and from the University of South Carolina were among those attending Monday's funeral, along with South Carolina Coach Steve Suprrier.

The Associated Press contributed to this report


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