Chiefs players attend Jovan Belcher's memorial service

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The Chiefs moved up their practice schedule so that players could attend the deceased linebacker's memorial service on Wednesday.

Many Kansas City Chiefs players, past and present, attended a memorial service for fallen teammate Jovan Belcher on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Associated Press.

Last Saturday, Belcher shot and killed 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, his girlfriend and the mother of their 3-month old daughter, Zoey. Shortly after killing Perkins, Belcher drove to the Chiefs practice facility at Arrowhead Stadium, where he committed suicide in front of general manager Scott Pioli, head coach Romeo Crennel and defensive assistant Gary Gibbs.

Pioli and Belcher's uncle spoke at the service, which was conducted at Landmark International Deliverance and Worship Center.

Offensive lineman Ryan Lilja told AP that he hoped the service might provide a sense of closure for Belcher's grieving teammates.

''You got to try to deal with it however you deal with it, and grieve the best way for the individual,'' he said, ''and I think this is the best way for us as a team to get closure and move on and focus on football.''

The Chiefs will try to win their second game in a row as they head to Cleveland to take on the Browns. Kickoff is slated for noon CT and the game will be televised on CBS.

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