KANSAS CITY, Mo - Early Saturday morning, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Javon Belcher took his own life shortly after killing his girlfriend in a separate shooting.
The undrafted linebacker from Long Island, shot himself in the head in front of Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli.
According to the police report, the incident occured in front of the Chiefs practice facility, adjacent to Arrowhead Stadium around 8:10 a.m. C.T.
Police reports say Belcher's mother witnessed the shooting of his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins.
Perkins and Belcher had a 3-month-old daughter together.
Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt released a statement in regard to 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."
The NFL released a statement on the tragedy:
"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."