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Nice to see the Denver Broncos kicking down some cash in the memory of Darrent Williams, in hopes of steering kids away from the gangster path that his killers apparently chose.

This week, the team committed $50,000 to Reverend Leon Kelly's Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, with a matching $50,000 contribution coming from a publishing company. As shown in this story, the "Rev" -- as Kelly (above, left) is known -- takes his program to Wyatt Edison Elementary after school, keeping kids off the same streets that have claimed the lives of their older brothers, sisters, uncles, even parents.

The murder of Williams, a 24-year-old cornerback and originator of the 'frohawk, has been traced to an SUV owned by a notorious Denver gangster. And since that news broke shortly after the January 1 slaying, people are suddenly paying attention to the gang problem that's been growing in this city for twenty years.

Williams' death is a tragedy in a long line of tragedies, as innocent lives are lost to gangland gunfire. And programs like the Rev's are the only thing that will prevent another generation of gang violence in this city.

To keep future pullers-of-the-triggers off the streets, it's going to take a lot more than $100,000. Still, that's a drop in the bucket compared to the $100 million it will cost to build a new prison to lock them up. -- Luke Turf

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