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NFL player Belcher, 25, dead after murder-suicide

Published On: Dec 01 2012 01:22:14 PM CST
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KANSAS CITY -

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend and then took his own life on Saturday morning, according to various reports.

As reported by KCTV in Kansas City, police confirm that the 25-year-old Chiefs players shot and killed his girlfriend at a private residence before taking his own life outside the team's facility.

According to the Kansas City Star, police confirmed that Belcher was the player involved. The Star had previously reported that the player involved was confronted by team personnel in the parking lot outside the team's facilities before taking his own life. Citing unnamed sources, Mark Garafolo of USA Today and  Jason Canfora of CBS Sports also name Belcher as the player involved.

Police spokesman Darin Snapp told The Associated Press, that the player spoke with Chiefs general manager Scott Piolo and head coach Romeo Crennel in the parking lot, thanking them for all they had done for him, before turning his gun on himself.

Undrafted out of the Maine, Belcher had been with the Cheifs since the 2009 season. According to the Kansas City Star, he and his girlfriend had a 3-month-old daughter.

The team issued a brief statement via NFL.com.

"We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning. We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation."

According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, the NFL intends for the Chiefs to play their Week 13 game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.