Nightly News   |  December 02, 2012

KC Chiefs fans mourn loss

The day after Kansas City Chiefs’ linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend and then killed himself, fans mourned a tragedy. NBC’s Than Truong reports.

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>>> after the horror of witnessing one of his key players fatally shoot himself, the head coach of the nfl's kansas city chiefs led his team to victory on the field today. to call it bittersweet would be a huge understatement. the team, the fans, the town all still reeling from the fact that lightning backer jovan belcher killed his girlfriend and then killed himself .

>> reporter: lester, an emotional game day today for the kansas city chiefs and their fans after one of their own jovon belcher shot himself in front of the team and their coaches. one day after witnessing linebacker jovon belcher taking his own life.

>> i'm choosing not to answer any questions about what i saw yesterday and i think that you'll understand that and hopefully you'll respect my wishes on that because it wasn't a pretty sight.

>> reporter: belcher shot himself here at this practice facility at famed arrowhead stadium . the coach told police that belcher thanked the coach for all they did for him and then he fatally shot himself .

>> his family are grieving and we send our condolences to their family. our prayers and condolences go out to the family of jovon belcher .

>> reporter: earlier that morning belcher shot and killed his 20-year-old girlfriend sonya perkins after an argument. the couple leaves behind a 3-month-old baby.

>> really, he was excited and loved that baby and she's just a beautiful person inside 57kd out.

>> reporter: fans tailgated today but the shooting hung heavily over the stadium.

>> it's not the sphere that it usually.

>> a moment of silence for victims of domestic violence and their families. belcher 's name was not mentioned, u be it didn't have to be.

>> reporter: in belcher 's hometown of best babylon new york, a vigil was held for the linebacker and his family.

>> our prayers go out for 3-year-old zoe, who will never get to know her mother and father.

>> reporter: and the chiefs pulled out a scrappy win against the panthers just a few hours ago. a much needed win for the team and the fans.