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Arrowhead death ruled a homicide, specific cause remains unknown

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The authorities in Kansas City believe that 30-year-old Kyle Van Winkle’s death was a homicide.  But they don’t specifically know what killed him.

According to the Associated Press, Van Winkle left last Sunday’s game between the Chiefs and Broncos early.  He went to a Jeep in an Arrowhead Stadium parking lot that he apparently believed was the Jeep he rode to the game in.

But it wasn’t.  And when the owner of the Jeep in which Van Winkle was sitting arrived, an argument ensued.  Fans tailgating in the vicinity came over, and a fight broke out.

Van Winkle collapsed during the struggle.  He died at a local hospital.

Police expect that a precise cause of death will be known in four to six weeks.

Van Winkle was married with a seven-week-old son.The incident happened one year to the day after Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher committed suicide in another Arrowhead Stadium parking lot after killing the mother of his daughter.

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18 Responses to “Arrowhead death ruled a homicide, specific cause remains unknown”
  1. fumblenuts says: Dec 7, 2013 2:44 PM

    R.I.P. Van Winkle………

  2. thepftpoet says: Dec 7, 2013 2:52 PM

    R.I.P

  3. packeranddarien says: Dec 7, 2013 2:57 PM

    Van Winkle was married with a seven-week-old son.The incident happened one year to the day after Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher committed suicide in another Arrowhead Stadium parking lot after killing the mother of his daughter.

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    Admiral Libby Agenda likes to sprinkle in these inciteful throw in comments ….just to make it sound like it was ok for this clown to get loaded and break into someone’s car…..when it really has nothing to do with the situation.

    He tries though.

  4. Grulks says: Dec 7, 2013 3:03 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks that it is BS that the police have decided to rule the death a homicide (and presumably charge the owner of the vehicle), when they dont even know -how- the person actually died?

    I mean, lets say the guy ended up having a heart attack during the fight, and that ultimately was the COD. Would they seriously try to pin that on the owner of the vehicle?

  5. dhardy8207 says: Dec 7, 2013 3:07 PM

    This is extremely sad!!….WTH is wrong with people?…Fighting over something like this has left a child without his father and someone else most likely the rest of their life in prison….

    One has to wonder if there was a medical reason that he left the game early and if that might have also played a part in his death. Even if that be the case some states have laws that deliver a guilty verdict even if the cause of death could be considered an inpending health threat….

  6. lemmetalkwouldya says: Dec 7, 2013 3:09 PM

    Grulks says: Dec 7, 2013 3:03 PM

    I mean, lets say the guy ended up having a heart attack during the fight, and that ultimately was the COD. Would they seriously try to pin that on the owner of the vehicle?
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    Um, yes Einstein, they actually COULD.

  7. anicra says: Dec 7, 2013 3:33 PM

    So, you tell your dad I am going to bathroom. End up in parking lot looking for a Jeep…
    So he randomly picked a jeep and waited…

    Something doesnt sound right about the story.
    Why would you guess on the vehicle?
    Do you think he had a cellphone for some sort of help?
    Still why you guess and get into a random Jeep?
    Why would a owner of Jeep get upset unless he wasnt just sitting there? Did he break into the Jeep if it was not open air?

    I am not minimizing his death. It just sounds like certain details are being left out.

  8. rayguyreturns says: Dec 7, 2013 3:50 PM

    Did they intentionally leave out the part that alcohol was most likely involved.

  9. FinFan68 says: Dec 7, 2013 4:08 PM

    Grulks says:
    Dec 7, 2013 3:03 PM
    Am I the only one who thinks that it is BS that the police have decided to rule the death a homicide (and presumably charge the owner of the vehicle), when they dont even know -how- the person actually died?

    I mean, lets say the guy ended up having a heart attack during the fight, and that ultimately was the COD. Would they seriously try to pin that on the owner of the vehicle?
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    Yes, and they should (assuming the owner of the vehicle was the guy in the fight. It isn’t murder-1 but there are varying degrees of charges that would apply.

  10. dcapettini says: Dec 7, 2013 4:27 PM

    Just because they have decided that it is a homicide does not mean that someone will be charged with murder or manslaughter. There are justifiable homicides.

  11. broncostevenp says: Dec 7, 2013 4:36 PM

    Is it safe to go to a game now a days? Why would anyone pay $100+ for a ticket $20-50 for parking $15 a beer, and $10 for a hot dog, and FREEZE, when you can sit in the comfort of your own home, watch in HD, drink all the beer you want and not have to worry about getting a DUI, not have a line to go to the bathroom. oh and yeah…not have to worry about getting in to a fight or getting killed?

    I don’t understand why anyone wastes their time to go. Makes no sense to me.

  12. ttommytom says: Dec 7, 2013 4:51 PM

    Homicide means death caused by another human being.

    A Doctor rules this by autopsy NOT the police.

    And I have seen numerous situations where people walked into a neighbors apt , wrong car etc. These things happen when people drink too much. And people are not receptive of such mistakes when they too have been drinking too much.

    By the end of every Sunday I have the urge to drink beer and drive a pick-up truck. Hmmmmm, I wonder why….

  13. xbot5000 says: Dec 7, 2013 5:36 PM

    Perfect people are awesome, cuz there’s no way two Jeeps could look like.

    If the owner of the Jeep felt threatened, why didn;t he call the police and report it, instead of taking the law into his own hands?

    Who ever did this to this guy deserves to go to jail.

    Sitting in a car that’s not yours isn’t punishable by death no matter how republican you are

  14. chiefwildcat says: Dec 7, 2013 5:58 PM

    For those saying “should have used a cell phone to call for help or the police.” Cell phones are absolutely useless at crowded sporting events.

  15. slaugin says: Dec 7, 2013 5:58 PM

    First Post won, no need to read anymore comments

  16. jjackwagon says: Dec 7, 2013 7:10 PM

    Lot’s of details left out. Like the fact that he was the son of a Police Officer. If not for that, it probably would have been ruled an accidental death.

  17. bscoberlay says: Dec 7, 2013 8:10 PM

    Ok ok. WE GET IT. You like to stay home and watch football. Good for you. Please stop giving us math and how your bathroom has “no lines”. Got it. Truly don’t need your media viewing habits. Thanks.

    Is it safe to go to a game now a days? Why would anyone pay $100+ for a ticket $20-50 for parking $15 a beer, and $10 for a hot dog, and FREEZE, when you can sit in the comfort of your own home, watch in HD, drink all the beer you want and not have to worry about getting a DUI, not have a line to go to the bathroom. oh and yeah…not have to worry about getting in to a fight or getting killed?

    I don’t understand why anyone wastes their time to go. Makes no sense to me.

  18. inferreadcensors says: Dec 7, 2013 8:41 PM

    Once my wife and I were going to pick up her mom’s car at a dentist office for her because she was unable to drive. We get into her green infiniti and it won’t start. I’m playing around with the FOB and across the parking lot a green infiniti’s starts flashing its lights. At about the same moment we noticed that, the green infiniti we were in starts alarming. I guess we’re lucky to be alive.

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