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Kansas City Chiefs’ moment of silence should lead to awareness about domestic violence

The Kansas City Chiefs took an important first step in an impossible situation Sunday by holding a moment of silence at a game the day after the murder-suicide committed by linebacker Jovan Belcher. The silence at Arrowhead Stadium wasn’t to memorialize Belcher, but to remember all victims of domestic violence. On Saturday, Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, then shot himself at the Chiefs practice facility in the presence of coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli. The incident was a stark illustration of the toll of domestic violence; Belcher’s act also orphaned the 3-month-old daughter he had with Perkins.

The Chiefs’ — and the NFL’s — recognition of the problem shouldn’t end with Sunday’s moment of silence.

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