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Kansas City teen comforted by Chiefs coach Andy Reid amid chaos of deadly shooting: report

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Amid the chaos that ensued after gunfire erupted on the Kansas City Chiefs At Wednesday’s Super Bowl parade, a teenager said he was comforted by head coach Andy Reid because he feared the worst for his estranged friend as they tried to run to safety .

High school sophomore Gabe Wallace had attended the victory celebration with his friend, and they were just outside Union Station when they heard gunshots that would ultimately injure 22 people and go away. a dead person.

Andy Reid watches from the sidelines

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid watches from the sidelines during Super Bowl LVIII against the San Francisco 49ers at Allegiant Stadium on February 11, 2024 in Las Vegas. (Perry Knotts/Getty Images)

Gabe said The Kansas City Star that he had fallen while trying to climb over a fence, but was eventually led inside Union Station where he was greeted by a comforting Andy Reid.

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“Andy Reid was trying to comfort me, which was good,” Gabe told the outlet.

“…He was hugging me, like, ‘Are you okay, man? Are you okay? Please breathe.’ He was really nice and everything.”

The Kansas City teen said Reid eventually “left to see other people” and Gabe eventually reunited with his friend.

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A general view as fans gather in front of Union Station before the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl LVIII victory parade on February 14, 2024 in Kansas City, Missouri. (David Eulitt/Getty Images)

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The gunfire erupted around 2 p.m. local time near the Union Station parking lot when more than 800 police officers were in the area, authorities said. Of the 22 victims, 11 were children and are expected to recover. At least one weapon was also recovered by police.

Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported that several Chiefs players helped “calm the panicked kids.” He added that Trey Smith gave a child his WWE title belt that he wore throughout the parade and “sat with him (until) he calmed down.”

Police cleared the area after shots were fired following the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl LVIII victory celebration. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

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The Chiefs released a statement shortly after the shooting confirming that all players, coaches and staff were “safe and responsible.”

“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 statement begins.

Louis Casiano of Fox News contributed to this report.

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