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Report: Chiefs won't offer public memorial for Belcher at game

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The Kansas City Chiefs planned to offer a moment of silence for victims of domestic violence at Sunday's game against Carolina but would not memoralize linebacker Jovan Belcher publicly, The Kansas City Star reported.

Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, on Saturday morning at their home in Kansas City and then drove to the team's training facility and killed himself with a gunshot after speaking with team officials, including coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli.

There were to be no decals or patches on the players' uniforms. According to reports, the team would have a private remembrance in the locker room.

Quarterback Brady Quinn said the Chiefs were struggling to come to grips with the surreal scene Saturday.

"It's hard to say a whole lot," Quinn told The Star. "Unfortunately, I was on Denver when Kenny McKinley took his life (in 2010), and there's really not any words that can describe the emotions that are involved.

"The big thing is his (three-month-old) daughter. I know a bunch of the guys are going to try to set up a fund to try to take care of his daughter. Her parents are not in her life anymore."

Team members were left wondering what might have been done to help Belcher or whether there were any warning signs.

"It's hard mostly because I keep thinking about what I could have done to stop this," Quinn said. "I think everyone is wondering whether we would have done something to prevent this from happening."

Quinn also told The Star on Saturday that he expected it to be tough to play Sunday so soon after the tragedy. Team captains decided to go ahead with the game.

"It's hard to not allow the emotions of the situation to creep into your head with the game this close," he said. "But we're going to do the best we can to concentrate on the task at hand.

"I think everyone is just so shocked at what had taken place, being who it was and being what had happened. I think people are still trying to digest everything let alone think about playing a game. It's tough to put into words."

Quinn described an emotional scene when Crennel addressed the team with news of the deaths.

"It was obviously tough for coach to have to tell us that," Quinn said. "He really wasn't able to finish talking to us. We got together and prayed and then we moved on."

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