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Kansas City mayor calls Belcher murder-suicide “worst nightmare”


Kansas City Mayor Sly James is describing what the Chiefs are going through today, after linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend and then killed himself, as the worst situation he can imagine.

James, who visited the Chiefs facility today to see if he could offer any help, said the emotions of Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel, who witnessed Belcher shoot himself at the team’s facility, are indescribable.

“You have absolutely no idea of what it’s like to see somebody kill themselves,” James told the Kansas City Star. “If you can take your worst nightmare and put somebody you know and love into that situation, and give them a gun and stand three feet away from them and watch them kill themselves, that’s what it is like. It’s unfathomable. Think about your worst nightmare and multiply it by five.”

James said he wasn’t sure what role a mayor could play in helping the recovery from an incident like this, but he wants to try.

“This isn’t something that we have in our response booklet,” James said.

The mayor is speaking for many in Kansas City when he expresses the shock of being faced with an unimaginable situation, and not knowing if there is any proper response.