The Kansas City Chiefs broke their eight-game losing streak yesterday, beating the Carolina Panthers 27-21. The win comes in the wake of Chiefs linebacker, Jovan Belcher's death.
Sunday's emotionally charged game took place a day after Belcher, a starter for the team, fatally shot his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, and then himself, stunning the team and the community.
Chiefs fan Lisa Smith said it was hard to believe what had happened, but she was glad to be at the game.
“There is a dark cloud over it, but it’s a beautiful day," said Smith. "And hopefully some healing can happen."
Doug Wycoff, who was at the game with his son, came with mixed emotions.
“You know, it’s not like a normal game day that we’re used to having here,” said Wycoff.
Some other fans, like Lemuel Norman, felt the game brought support to fans and the team alike in the wake of the tragedy.
“It’s unfortunate what happened and prayers and blessings go out to the families of everybody that’s involved,” Lemuel said. “But it’s still the NFL. Football has to go on.”
At Kansas City Mayor Sly James’ request, many wore red to the game. The stadium observed a moment silence for victims of domestic violence and their families before the kickoff.