AUSTELL, Ga. -- More than 1,000 family and friends gathered Monday at the Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral on Monday to say goodbye to Kenny McKinley.
"We are here to celebrate a life," officiating pastor Rev. John Williams said.
The University of South Carolina was represented at McKinley’s funeral by almost 100 friends, family, current and former Gamecocks. Former Gamecocks Sidney Rice, Eric Norwood, Jasper Brinkley and Casper Brinkley were in attendance.
"It was nice to see a lot of former Gamecock players," said Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier, who attended the service with his wife Jerri. "Unfortunately, this was the event that got us together. Kenny was a great kid. It is hard to understand."
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Current South Carolina offensive lineman Terrance Campbell was a pallbearer during the service and spoke. Wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. also attended and took part in the service.
McKinley, 23, died Monday outside Denver, where he was playing for the Denver Broncos. He was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.