Medical examiner rules that fan's death at Arrowhead Stadium is a homicide

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Jackson County Medical Examiner ruled the death at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday night as a homicide.

Kyle Van Winkle, 30, died after a struggle in the parking lot following the Chiefs game against the Denver Broncos. The preliminary report from the medical examiner does not list a cause of death.

Homicide detectives are still talking to witnesses, but plan to submit a case in the next day or so to prosecutors for review. No one is in custody.

Shortly after 5 p.m., the owner of a Jeep Grand Cherokee found Van Winkle sitting in his car. According to police reports the owner thought Van Winkle was burglarizing the vehicle.

Witnesses said the owner's young son called for help and the group of people who responded punched Van Winkle several times.

Witnesses said it appeared all parties involved had consumed alcohol. 

Police said Van Winkle collapsed and died later at the hospital.

The victim's father, Dean Van Winkle, said on Tuesday his son was likely in the wrong place at the wrong time and doubts he was there to steal.

He said his son got into a vehicle that looked very similar to the Tahoe he arrived in. He also said his son did not have any keys with him at the time.

"It appears he was headed back to where those vehicles were parked. They were a short distance away," Dean said.

Authorities still want to talk to those who may have witnessed the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline, 816-474-TIPS.

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