The Kanas City Police Department is confirming that 25-year-old Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher was the man who took his own life at the team facility on Saturday morning.
Belcher took the life of his girlfriend at their home around 8:00 AM before traveling approximately five miles to the Chiefs facility.
Reports indicate that Belcher was confronted in the parking lot in front of the facility by coaches when he then pointed the gun at his head when the police arrived. Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli were also on the scene.
Neither man felt threatened during the incident and said Belcher thanked them both for what they have done for him.
Belcher then took his own life.
The team was gathered at Arrowhead Stadium where they were informed of the tragedy.
Kansas City Chiefs officials released a statement:
“We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning. We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.”
It was just five years ago before week 13 that Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor lost his life and the Redskins went on to play their game that week. The same will be true for the Chiefs.
NFL officials informed the Carolina Panthers to travel as planned for their week 13 match up at Arrowhead Stadium.
Belcher and his girlfriend had a child that is less than three months old who will now have to grow up without parents after this awful tragedy.
Thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who have been affected by this horrible incident.