Chiefs linebacker kills girlfriend, then takes life at Arrowhead
According to reports, the fourth-year linebacker out of the University of Maine killed his girlfriend around 8 a.m. CT at their home in Kansas City. Belcher's mother was reportedly present for the slaying, but unharmed.
Then at Arrowhead, Belcher reportedly thanked Pioli and Crennel for all they had done for him, then, as two police officers approached the scene, Belcher turned his back, walked away from the Chiefs personnel and took own life in the parking lot of the team facility.
Kansas City, in the midst of a tumultuous season on the field, is scheduled to host the Carolina Panthers Sunday at noon CT. Carolina is traveling to Kansas City today, and the game is expected to go on as scheduled.
Though the game is between two teams out of playoff contention (Kansas City is 1-10, Carolina is 3-8), the NFL is likely to try and have the game played because of the impact it could potentially have on other teams in the league (rest, injuries, tiebreakers...).
The Chiefs issued a statement saying, "We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead this morning. We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation."
Chiefs' owner Clark Hunt later issued a statement expressing sadness and asking for prayer.
The 25-year-old Belcher grew up in West Babylon, N.Y. and was one of Kansas City's starting inside linebackers in their 3-4 defense. He was tied for fourth on the team with 38 tackles.
This is a developing story, so I'll update it as I get more information. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved in this terrible tragedy.