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Jovan Belcher, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, was at the center of a horrific tragedy this morning.

According to local authorities, Belcher, 25, shot and killed his on-again/off-again girlfriend (Kasandra Perkins, who gave birth to the couple’s first child three months ago) in her home around 8 a.m. and then drove to the Arrowhead Stadium complex where the Chiefs play home games.

In front of team personnel (including GM Scott Piloi and Coach Romeo Crennel) who tried to calm him down in the parking lot, Belcher then shot himself in the head.

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Police spokesman Darin Snapp says authorities received a 911 call from the mother of Belcher’s victim, alerting them to the incident at her daughter’s residence.


Another call was then placed minutes later from the Kansas City facility.

“We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning,” the Chiefs said in a statement. “We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.”

It’s unclear at the moment if the team’s game tomorrow against the Carolina Panthers will be played as scheduled. We send our thoughts to the loved ones of all involved in this tragedy.