Former Gamecock Kenny McKinley remembered in Ga.

Friends, teammates and family plan to gather in suburban Atlanta for the funeral of Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley.

AUSTELL, Ga. (WACH, AP) -- Kenny McKinley's family, teammates and coaches remembered the Denver Broncos wide receiver as someone who always smiled and brought joy wherever he went.

Several hundred people gathered Monday at a suburban Atlanta church for the 23-year-old's funeral.

McKinley died last week at his home near Broncos headquarters in Denver. Authorities believe he shot himself in the head because he was depressed following his second straight season-ending knee surgery.

Gamecocks Football Head Coach Steve Spurrier atteneded the service and remembered McKinley for more than just his play on the field.

"Not only one of the best recievers I've ever coached, but one of the most competitive, greatest kids that I've ever been fortunate enough to coach over all the years I've coached," Spurrier said. "[It's] hard understand how all this happened, but certainly had all his budies here today. He was a very loved young man that we're all going to miss."

McKinley was a football standout at South Cobb High School in Austell and was a fifth-round draft choice out of South Carolina in 2009.

Among the mourners were coaches, teachers and students from South Cobb, and members of the South Carolina Gamecocks and Denver Broncos teams.

(Associated Press contributed to this report.)