January 09, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt (left), new head coach Romeo Crennel (center) and general manager Scott Pioli speak during to media at the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Kansas City Chiefs Release Statement Following Jovan Belcher Murder-Suicide

Everyone is deeply saddened by the tragedy on Saturday morning involving 25-year-old Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his 22-year-old girlfriend.

Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend multiple times before heading to the Chiefs facility.

When he arrived at the facility, Belcher spoke with head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli in the parking lot. Belcher thanked the men for what they had done for him before tragically putting the gun to his head and taking his own life.

Belcher and his girlfriend leave behind a daughter that is less than three-months old.

Chiefs Chairman & CEO Clark Hunt released a statement about the incident:

“The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddened 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. We sincerely appreciate the expressions of sympathy and support we have received from so many in the Kansas City and NFL communities, and ask for continued prayers for the loved ones of those impacted.

We will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities and work to ensure that the appropriate counseling resources are available to all members of the organization.”

Thoughts and prayers go out to the families of all of those involved and the entire Chiefs organization.

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