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Funeral Services for Kenny McKinley to Be Held in Austell

ENGLEWOOD, CO -- Funeral services for Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley are scheduled for Monday in Austell, GA near his hometown of Mableton.

McKinley's father, Kenneth McKinley, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that services at the Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral will be open to the public.

The former South Cobb High School star is believed to have killed himself Monday with a gunshot to the head at his home in Centennial, CO.

An Arapahoe County sheriff's report released Tuesday says an investigator learned that McKinley had been depressed over a knee
surgery he had a month ago.

The elder McKinley said his son told him he was ready to start his rehab, which was scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Do You Have the Cutest Dog in Atlanta?

Submit a photo of your adorable dog to Metromix Atlanta's Cutest Dog Contest.

Submissions are being accepted until Sept. 26. From there, Metromix will select four groups of 25 dogs to compete for a spot in the finals.

The finalists will each win fabulous prizes, including gift baskets from Glamour Paws and gift certificates from Pets and the Sity, and the grand prize promises to be amazing!

Visit Metromix Atlanta for more information and the official contest rules.

Broncos WR, Cobb Native Kenny McKinley Found Dead

ENGLEWOOD (KUSA) -- The Denver Broncos say they "are deeply saddened" after wide receiver Kenny McKinley was found dead in his apartment on Monday.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office says McKinley, 23, was found dead in the bedroom of his home on East Caley Place near South Jordan Road in Centennial around 3:25 p.m. on Monday

Sheriff Grayson Robinson says detectives are investigating the death as an apparent suicide. Investigators say the cause of death appears to be a self-inflected gunshot wound.

McKinley was a second-year pro who was on the team's injured reserve list. He played in eight games as a rookie in 2009 with seven kick returns for 158 yards.

McKinley was drafted in the fifth round, 141st overall, in the 2009 NFL Draft from the University of South Carolina. He attended South Cobb High School in Austell, Ga.

One Year Later: September Floods

ATLANTA -- It's been a year since catastrophic floods ravaged our region.

Yet many people are still struggling, still recovering, but still hanging on to hope after last September's floods. 

11Alive News celebrated that hope on Tuesday night with live broadcasts from Austell's Legion Park, which was hit hard by the storms but transformed through the 11Alive Help Desk and generosity of Lowe's.

There are so many stories to share.

Don't miss a special re-airing of our one-hour long documentary After the Rains at 8 p.m. Saturday on our sister station myAtltv.

Denver Bronco, Former South Cobb Star May Have Committed Suicide

(CNN) -- Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley was found dead Monday afternoon in a Colorado home.

Authorities said it appeared McKinley died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 23.

"Deputies discovered a male in the second-floor master bedroom of the home and determined that male was deceased," the Arapahoe County sheriff's department said in a statement. "Although the death of Mr. McKinley appears to be the result of a self-inflicted gunshot, the investigation into this matter ... is ongoing."

Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels will speak to the media Tuesday about McKinley's death.

McKinley was selected by the Broncos in the fifth round (141st overall) of the 2009 NFL draft from the University of South Carolina. He attended South Cobb High School in Austell, Georgia.

Cobb Firefighters, Marooned During Floods, Remember

POWDER SPRINGS, GA -- A firefighter's job is to help others in distress.

But before the firefighters of shift "A" finished their 24-hour rotation at Cobb county's Station 6 in Powder Springs last Sept. 21, they had to save themselves.

"I heard a call go over the radio for a water rescue," recalled Cobb firefighter Wayne Seling. "So I started listening to that call. And I started to realize at that point that the rain really was becoming an issue."

At 7:24 a.m. that Monday morning, Cobb Fire dispatch reported a house fire in the Five Oaks subdivision in Powder Springs.

"It's a house fire, for sure" Seling said. "We get there, and and actually part of the house is submerged in water."

"We were wading out in waist deep water to put water on the fire," said now retired Cobb firefighter Lt. Ken Hankinson. 

While "A" shift is fighting the fire, the water is rising.

Volunteers Work Magic in Austell Neighborhood

AUSTELL, GA -- One year ago, seven to 14 feet of water left hundreds of homes in Austell all but destroyed.

Many collapsed. Many are still where they were one year ago.

But as homeowners work day and night to restore what they nearly lost, most are left without the money to even think about restoring the outside.

That's when the 11Alive Help Desk got involved.

It started two weeks ago when we reached out to home improvement chain Lowe's and the mayor of Austell.

We wanted to restore home exteriors along one of the hardest hit streets. The City chose Pontiac Circle.

In less than two weeks, Lowe's answered the challenge, bringing together more than 160 volunteers from 33 Metro Atlanta stores.

The volunteers arrived on Pontiac Circle with hundreds of tools, thousands of trees, plants and shrubs and enough equipment to overhaul a botanical garden.