Dec 1, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; General view of the Arrowhead Stadium before the NFL game between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Man Dies at Arrowhead After Parking Lot Altercation


A man died from his injuries after an altercation in the Arrowhead Stadium parking lot during the Chiefs 35-28 loss to the Broncos. The nature of those injuries are unknown but police say it was not a stabbing or a shooting.

Here’s what is known at the moment:

Police spokesman Darin Snapp said the fight started after a man in his 20s got into the vehicle and was caught by the owner. The altercation ended with the stranger unconscious on the pavement.

Officers were called about 5:20 p.m. after the Fire Department had taken the man to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators said the cause of death was not obvious. The fight did not appear to be related to fan rivalry.

The incident happened exactly one year after Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend at his home and then himself at Arrowhead Stadium. Those memories led the KC Star’s Sam Mellinger to ask: “What the hell is wrong with people?

The Chiefs played in front of 77,065, a sellout crowd and the biggest attendance of the season. The game was broadcast nationally. There is no part of Kansas City seen by more people around the country and the world than the sports complex, which is now home to three deadly incidents in the last 15 months that have left three dead.

At least 125 people have died in Kansas City-area homicides in 2013, after 157 in 2012. This incident will receive more attention than most because of its setting, because it’s easy not to think about someone dying in a neighborhood we hardly know — but how many of us have been in that parking lot?

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