Jovan Belcher (Kansas City Chiefs Linebacker)UPDATE: Statement from Kansas City Chiefs Chairman & CEO Clark Hunt on the Jovan Belcher murder/suicide event:

“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. We will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities and work to ensure that the appropriate counseling resources are available to all members of the organization

Also the Chiefs announced that Sunday’s football game will proceed as scheduled:

 “After discussions between the league office, Head Coach Romeo Crennel and Chiefs team captains, the Chiefs advised the NFL that it will play tomorrow’s game vs. the Carolina Panthers at its originally scheduled time,” a statement from the team said.

Earlier we reported …

*Heaven help us.

What is going on? Why are so many athletes taking their own lives?

And to make already bad matters even worse, some choose to take the life of others’ with them. Clearly stating, “I already know what I’m going to do to me, and you don’t deserve to live either.”

Sorry, but that mindset – some would say- will hand you a direct pass straight to hell. But that’s another story entirely.

Jovan Belcher - Kasandra Perkins

Jovan Belcher shot and killed his 22-year-old girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins

The latest victim in what we pray is not a trend, is Kansas City Linebacker, Jovan Belcher; who shot and killed his 22-year-old girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, who he has a 3-month-old child with; and then, went to a facility near the teams main campus, and took his own life.

This is so disturbing.

Kansas City police told the Kansas City Star that the couple had gotten into an argument around 7:00a.m. on Saturday morning. Belcher fired several shots at Perkins – who was rushed to the hospital and then pronounced dead. Perkins mother had witnessed the shooting and called the police; who found Belcher in the parking lot with a gun to his head.

When Belcher drove to the destination of his suicide, members of the team’s staff saw him and attempted to stop him from committing further acts of violence, prior to him turning the gun on himself.

The Chiefs general manager, Scott Pioli and head coach, Romeo Crennel, were apparently in the vicinity. Belcher is said to have thanked them for everything they’d done.

“Pioli and Crennel and another coach or employee was standing outside and appeared to be talking to him. It appeared they were talking to the suspect,” Kansas City police spokesman Darin Snapp said. “The suspect began to walk in the opposite direction of the coaches and the officers and that’s when they heard the gunshot.”

Previous to Belcher, OJ Murdock of the Tennessee Titans shot himself while sitting in his car this past July. Belcher now becomes another NFL player who has committed suicide.

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In the video below, Darin Snapp, of the Kansas City police dept responds to reporters’ questions about the incident.