Chiefs HC Andy Reid, GM Brett Veach Discuss Super Bowl Parade Shooting

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and general manager Brett Veach expressed condolences for the victims of Kansas City's Super Bowl parade shooting.

A shooting that left one dead and more than 30 injured at the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl parade earlier this month rocked the NFL world and left residents of Kansas City in a state of shock.

Speaking at the NFL Combine on Tuesday, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and general manager Brett Veach addressed the Feb. 14 tragedy.

Andy Reid, Brett Veach Offer Condolences on Chiefs Parade Shooting

Two suspects were charged with second-degree murder on Feb. 20 in connection with the shooting, which was the result of an argument between strangers, not a targeted attack.

Lisa Lopez-Galvan, a 43-year-old DJ and radio host, was killed in the shooting.

Twenty-three people, including Lopez-Galvan, were shot. Police said the victims ranged in age from eight to 47, while at least half were under 16 years old.

“Before we begin, I want to put a shout-out to the Galvan and Lopez family for their loss with Lisa,” Reid said on Tuesday.

“And for the people of Kansas City. She was a personality there and a very good human being, first of all. We’ll all miss her, as I know her family will.”

Reid, the Chiefs’ head coach since 2013, decried the senseless shooting.

“That’s not what Kansas City is all about,” Reid said.

“For our youth of America … You’re our future. As great as we can make this place, we want to do that.

“We can turn this — which was a negative — into a real positive. With just a little togetherness and love, I think we can fix a lot of problems.”

Veach also issued a message to Lopez-Galvan’s family and others affected by the parade shooting.

“Before we get into the football topics, I’d like to definitely start off by offering our thoughts and prayers to Lisa Lopez-Galvan and her family, all the families that were impacted the day of the parade.

“Certainly a heartbreaking and tragic day for us. Our organization has been in contact with the families, and we will continue to do so and be a pillar of support for them both now and into the future.”

Over 800 police officers were deployed in the area for the Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade, which had an estimated crowd of one million participants.

“And speaking of support, I certainly want to thank the first responders that day, men and women in uniform, for their support,” Veach said. “Really everyone that day that showed their guidance during a tough time.

“Numerous player accounts and stories, and proud of those guys for the work they did and for the calmness they showed.”

Reid and Chiefs players reportedly helped maintain calm during the shooting and ensuing chaos. Kansas City staff and players were escorted to Arrowhead Stadium after the tragedy.

“The law enforcement folks were unbelievable during the situation,” Reid said. “We had them from all over the place, and they just immediately jumped into cover-you-up mode and made sure that everybody was safe — the best they possibly could with a million people there.

“I thought they handled everything tremendously. I’m not just saying that from my standpoint. I had a bird’s eye view of things going on. So, I thought they were great.”

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