(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — Tragedy has struck the Kansas City Chiefs as linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend Saturday morning, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in front of head coach Romeo Crennel, linebackers coach Gary Gibbs, and general manager Scott Pioli.
Before killing himself, the 25-year old Belcher thanked Crennel and Pioli for giving him an opportunity on the football field.
Though no motive has been released, police say that Belcher and 22-year old Kasandra Perkins had been arguing. The two have a three-month old child together.
“The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddended by today’s events, and our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy, thoughts, and prayers for the families and friends affected by this unthinkable tragedy,” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said in a statement.
Belcher was a four-year starter for the Chiefs after he made the team as an undrafted free agent out of Maine where he was a two-time captain.
The Chiefs have announced that tomorrow’s game against the Carolina Panthers will be played as scheduled.
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