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By Danny Cox

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 25:  Inside linebacker Jovan Belcher #59 of the Kansas City Chiefs wathces from the sideliens during his final game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs wathces from the sideliens during his final game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium on November 25, 2012. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

 

Saturday morning was one of great tragedy as the Kansas City Chiefs lost one of their own. Linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend before driving to the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium and taking his own life. This horrific murder-suicide has shaken the entire NFL, and left many wondering why this even had to happen.

There is no explanation that can possibly make this feel “alright,” or take away the hurt that has befallen so many. The families and friends of both Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins will never be able to fully get past this.

Two others that will have a lot of trouble getting past this incident are Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli. These two men didn’t fear for their lives as Belcher stood in front of them with a fun to his head, but they did have to watch as he took his own life right before their eyes.

One can’t even begin to imagine what those that were closest to Belcher and Perkins are feeling. Their loss is completely tragic and unnecessary yet still happened, and there is no changing that now.

As word quickly spread about the death of Belcher and his girlfriend, the teams and players from around the NFL started paying their respects and giving their thoughts.

Oakland Raiders:

“STATEMENT FROM OAKLAND RAIDERS “The Oakland Raiders are empathizing with the Chiefs organization… Our hearts are wounded by such an unimaginable tragedy in our NFL family. We will continue to pray for everyone involved.”

Atlanta Falcons:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Kansas City Chiefs organization today.”

Ryan Grant:

“Positive thoughts and prayers to the Belcher family, the young lady’s family and all others involved in this tragedy”

Knowshon Moreno:

“Life is a gift Life should be cherished For we only live once!My heart and deep sympathy goes out to the families effected in KC .”

Tamba Hali:

“I am devastated by this mornings events. I want to send my thoughts and prayers out to everyone effected by this tragedy.”

Tim Tebow:

“Wow… Unbelievable tragedy. My prayers go out to the entire Chiefs organization and their families.”

Earl Thomas:

“Praying for the chiefs and everyone involved in this unfortunate tragedy….keep that organization in your prayers tweeps…”

Sergio Brown:

“Prayers go out to the families and the Kansas City organization on this tragic day. It’s bigger than football.”

Jimmy Graham:

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Jovan Belchers family and the Kansas City Chiefs.”

Chris Baker:

“Please keep The Chiefs player and his family and his girlfriend in your prayers such a sad day yo never know Wat someone is going through”

Sunday’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers at Arrowhead Stadium is still scheduled to go on as planned. Originally, the Panthers were advised by the NFL to travel to Kansas City, but there was no official word on whether or not the game would happen.

As Saturday went on, the Chiefs organization made this announcement:

“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.”

For more Local Football Bloggers and the latest NFL news, see CBS Sports Las Vegas.

Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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