Chiefs to Play One Day After Belcher Murder-Suicide

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Police say Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend and mother of his new baby early Saturday, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager.

Police spokesman Darin Snapp confirmed it was Belcher, a fourth-year player from West Babylon, N.Y., who played college ball at Maine. The woman's name has not yet been released.

Snapp said Belcher shot the woman at a Kansas City residence, then drove to the Chiefs facility. He thanked Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel for all they had done for him, then shot himself.

The NFL says the Chiefs' home game against the Carolina Panthers will go on as scheduled tomorrow.

In a statement, the league says, "our thoughts and prayers are with the Chiefs and the families and friends of those who lost their lives in this terrible tragedy. We have connected the Chiefs with our national team of professional counselors to support both the team and the families of those affected. We will continue to provide assistance in any way that we can."


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