Monday, October 21, 2013

the last book I ever read (Nate Jackson's Slow Getting Up, excerpt ten)

from Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile by Nate Jackson:

As the day unfolds, I find out what happened. After the game, while some of us were at a bar called Spill, another large group of teammates and friends and family were a few miles away at a club called the Shelter. There was a fight in the street after the club let out and security broke it up. Some of our group jumped into a Town Car, but most of them got into a white Hummer limo. The guys they were fighting ran off and got into a white Ford Bronco.

A few blocks from the club, the white Bronco pulled alongside the white Hummer limo. The driver reached across his passenger and opened fire on the Hummer with a .40-caliber handgun. The limo was full and the music was loud so no one heard the shots.

D-Will was sitting next to Javon Walker, who was keeping track of D-Will’s chain through the scuffle. Javon was in the middle of a sentence when D-Will slumped over into his lap. Javon was confused, laughing midsentence and trying to pull D-Will back up. Then the windows shattered and everyone heard the shots and dropped to the floor. The limo pulled off the road. The Bronco sped off. Two other people were hit, neither of them badly.

But D-Will was hit in the jugular. Javon pulled him outside of the limo and tried to resuscitate him but the wound was too much. He bled to death in seconds. Darrent Williams died on New Year’s morning of 2007 in the Denver snow, ten hours after playing in an NFL football game.

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