Chiefs players attend service for teammate

Thursday, December 6, 2012

KANSAS CITY -- Several players for the Kansas City Chiefs attended a memorial service for teammate Jovan Belcher, who killed his girlfriend and then fatally shot himself in the head.

Belcher killed 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins on Saturday at the home they shared in Kansas City with their 3-month-old daughter. He drove to the Chiefs practice facility, where he killed himself in front of team officials, who were pleading for him to put down his gun.

The service was held at a church that Belcher and Perkins attended.

Veteran offensive lineman Ryan Lilja said he hoped the memorial would provide some closure.

"You got to try to deal with it however you deal with it, and grieve the best way for the individual." Lilja said, "And I think this is the best way for us as a team to get closure and move on and focus on football."

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