Arrowhead Stadium was the site of a suspicious death during the home team Kansas City Chiefs loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
The Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) was initially was called to Lot A, a parking lot outside the northeast corner of Arrowhead Stadium at around 5 p.m. Central time on Sunday. The call was made after a man was found in another person’s vehicle and involved in a “short struggle.” Reportedly the car owner and his son found the stranger in their car and when the car owner became involved in an altercation with the man, his son sought help. Shortly after the struggle, the man reportedly collapsed. Upon their arrival, the police found emergency workers with the unresponsive white male believed to be in his twenties. He was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead. Medical officials reported that there were “no obvious signs of what caused his death.” An autopsy will be key in assisting to determine the actual cause of the man’s death since there was no immediate sign of a specific injury such as a shooting or stabbing from the altercation.
According to the KCPD, there are multiple persons of interest in custody and they are continuing to interview witnesses as a part of the investigation. Although Police Chief Daryl Forte initially referred to the death as a homicide, Police Captain Tye Grant has backed off that statement and said that the case is currently being treated and investigated as a homicide though it remains officially classified as a suspicious death at this time. His statement was that the persons in custody were not being called suspects at this time and that he was “unsure what involvement they may have had in anything.”
A number of details are still unclear in this suspicious death at Arrowhead Stadium. It is currently unclear why the deceased man was in someone else’s vehicle and whether there was any criminal intent on his part or if it may have been a mistake on his part. The possibility of alcohol as a factor in the incident is unknown at this time as well. Rivalry related to the game at the Arrowhead Stadium site on Sunday does not appear to have been a factor in the suspicious death.
In what seems to be an eerie coincidence, this suspicious death at Arrowhead Stadium comes one year to the day of the anniversary of another Kansas City tragedy. On December 1, 2012, former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher brutally murdered his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, also the mother of his then recently born daughter, at her home before traveling to the team’s training facility and taking his own life in front of team general manager Scott Pioli, former coach Romeo Crennel and assistant coach Gary Gibbs. A year later, emotional wounds are still there for those who were close to Jovan Belcher and Kasandra Perkins. News of this suspicious death at Arrowhead Stadium on this first anniversary of their deaths seems as though it may only had to those hurts.
By Michele Wessel