Family of man killed outside Arrowhead in 2013 honors him with memorial scholarships for local athletes

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SMITHVILLE, Mo. – Two athletic scholarships are being formed in honor of a man who was killed outside Arrowhead Stadium in December 2013.

Family describe Kyle VanWinkle as a loving husband and father. His son, Will, was born just seven weeks before he was beat to death at a Chiefs’ game.

“We just had a baby and we were starting our life,” said Jenni VanWinkle, Kyle’s wife. “The kind of hands-on father he showed me that he was from the beginning, you know, to not have that is really difficult.”

Saturday night family and friends are hosting the 2nd Annual Kyle VanWinkle Memorial Poker Tournament.

“We’re just trying to honor Kyle and keep his legacy of giving back to the community alive,” said Jenni Van Winkle.

VanWinkle said one scholarship will go to a student athlete at Smithville High School, Jenni’s alma mater, and the other will go to a student at Belton High School, Kyle’s alma mater.

VanWinkle was found unconscious outside Arrowhead Stadium and died a short time after. Joshua T. Bradley, 25, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in VanWinkle’s death.

According to the probable cause statement, a witness said he returned to his Jeep that was in the stadium parking lot and found VanWinkle passed out inside. The witness told police he tried to wake VanWinkle and sent his son to go get help. Then, according to the witness, several people responded and an argument started between VanWinkle and Bradley. Jenni VanWinkle said Bradley’s trial is in February of 2016.

The memorial poker tournament will be held at The American Legion Hall in Smithville Saturday night. Registration starts at 5:30 and the event will start at 6:30. For more details, visit the Facebook page for the event.

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