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This is how the chain disappears.
Six men from Fort Worth leave the club at 1:56 a.m. The surveillance camera catches them on the sidewalk, heading for the white Hummer limousine. Williams stops to sign autographs. They cross the snowbank and congregate by the limousine.
At 2:07 the second Denver Crip crosses the snowbank and heads for the street. He's going to pick a fight with the men from Fort Worth. The Crip yells epithets and goes on about Denver. The men from Fort Worth yell back. Williams waves the diamond medallion and says something about Texas. But the provocation fails. Nobody fights.
At 2:08 Marshall enters the frame, moving quickly along the snowbank toward the disturbance involving his cousin and Little Willie.
At 2:09 the second Crip pushes through the crowd. He appears to have given up on the men from Fort Worth. He is heading toward Marshall.
At 2:10 the street is nearly empty by the Hummer's right rear side. It seems the men from Fort Worth have gone inside their vehicle.
If you go northeast from downtown Denver today, to the Boys & Girls Club on Crown Boulevard, you'll find an eight-foot bronze statue of Darrent Williams facing the Rocky Mountains. The inscriptions never mention a curse. But a kid who dreams of being rich like Williams could wind up like Little Willie, serving life plus 1,152 years with the Colorado Department of Corrections. And even if the kid catches a few touchdowns and a few breaks, he could become Javon Walker, broken on the asphalt in Vegas with the diamonds taken from his ears; or Brandon Marshall, haunted at night by misdirected bullets; or even Darrent Williams, gone at age 24. Williams was just a man, not a hero, and he turned to bronze through the alchemy of football and untimely death.
But let this be said about the king of Carter Park. The diamonds never changed his heart. He was always a true friend. This is why he lost the diamond chain, and why he lost his life.
At 2:10, with the white limousine full of people and almost ready to go, Williams looks through the rear window and sees his friend and teammate Marshall caught up in a fight on the snowbank. Little Willie is out there too, preoccupied, nowhere near his own vehicle, which means the white limousine is poised for a clean getaway.
Williams takes off his chain.