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Williams' family reacts to indictment

10/8/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

It was late on Jan. 5, 2007. Darrent Williams' family just returned home from an emotional memorial service for the slain Denver Broncos cornerback. They all should have gone to bed to prepare for his three-hour funeral the next morning in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.

Instead, the lights stayed on. There were rumors of an arrest. The family said they couldn't rest until an arrest was made. Williams was killed in a drive-by shooting in downtown Denver in the early hours of Jan. 1 after he hosted a New Year's Eve party.

The Williams family wanted an arrest. That's all they had to look forward to.

And they waited.

Until today. It was announced that a suspect has been indicted Wednesday on first-degree murder charges.

"It's big day for us," said Williams' family spokesman Troy Asmus. "It's a good first step. We've been waiting for this."

Asmus said Williams' mother, Rosalind "feels good about the news. This is what she has been waiting for."

Rosalind has kept in close contact with Denver Police in the 21 months since her son was killed. Nearly every time she came to Denver since his death (there have been several functions in his memory) she has visited with detectives in an attempt for an update.

Today, finally, the Williams family can start to rest.

"It's what we've been waiting for," Asmus said.