Travis Kelce, others break silence over Kansas City Chiefs parade shooting

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Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) addresses the crowd on stage during the celebration of the Kansas City Chiefs winning Super Bowl LVIII in Kansas City, Missouri, US, before the shooting on February 14, 2024. — Reuters
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) addresses the crowd on stage during the celebration of the Kansas City Chiefs winning Super Bowl LVIII in Kansas City, Missouri, US, before the shooting on February 14, 2024. — Reuters

Kansas City Chiefs stars including tight end Travis Kelce, quarterback Patrick Mahomes and linebacker Drue Tranquill among others spoke out after the tragic shooting killed one and injured over 20 during their Super Bowl victory parade at Kansas City's landmark Union Station on Wednesday.

Kelce said that he was "heartbroken" after his team's Super Bowl parade descended into violence.

"I am heartbroken over the tragedy that took place today," Kelce wrote on X, formerly Twitter. "My heart is with all who came out to celebrate with us and have been affected. KC, you mean the world to me."

Meanwhile, Mahomes also took to X, writing: "Praying for Kansas City".

Tranquill also posted on X, saying: "Please join me in prayer for all the victims in this heinous act."

Additionally, the Chiefs' tight end's mother, Donna Kelce revealed the team was rushed back to Arrowhead Stadium "really fast" after the shooting.

"Everybody who was with the team, they got us out of there really fast," she told the Kansas City Star.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas confirmed that all Chiefs players and staff were safe and accounted for following the shooting.

The Chiefs' Vice President of Content and Production Robert G Alberino Jr also confirmed that the organisation's production crew, game day crew cheer team, flag team and mascots were all accounted for.

The Chiefs also released a statement of their own, which read: "We are truly saddened by the senseless act of violence that occurred outside of Union Station at the conclusion of today's parade and rally."

The NFL also said it was "deeply saddened" by the day's events while the Ravens, Raiders, Titans, Rams and Jets were among the teams to express their condolences as well.

More than 20 people were injured and one was killed when gunfire happened inside Union Station shortly after 3:30pm.