It’s a sad day in the history of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Jovan Belcher, a 25-year-old linebacker, shot and killed his girlfriend and then drove to Arrowhead, where he turned the gun on himself.
According to The Star the first shooting happened just before 8 a.m. at a home near 54th Street and Chrysler with the second coming around 8:10 a.m. at the Chiefs practice facility. Belcher was met by team staffers, including GM Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel in the parking lot before fatally shooting himself.
Soon after the incident, the team released a statement:
“We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning. We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.”
Before this dark turn, Belcher was an example for every player with dreams of playing in the NFL. He made the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent out of Maine in 2009 and worked his way into the starting lineup, where he has been every single game but one since the beginning of 2010.
Belcher talked to the Chiefs official site less than two weeks ago about his journey to the NFL.
“You just have to be hungry,” Belcher said. “It had to be like taking my plate on Thanksgiving. You have to want it more than the next person. You have to just refuse to be denied.”
There are no words to properly describe just how terrible this entire situation is. If you or anyone you know needs help, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 @ 1-800-273-TALK (8255).