Credit Union Employee Dies After Parking Lot Fight at Chiefs Game
Kyle VanWinkle, a loan operations specialist for the $1.8 billion CommunityAmerica Credit Union in Lenexa, Kan., died after a parking lot altercation Sunday afternoon while the Kansas City Chiefs were playing the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
A CommunityAmerica spokeswoman confirmed VanWinkle was a CommunityAmerica CU employee, but declined to give additional details.
The Kansas City Star reported Monday that police are waiting for autopsy and toxicology results to determine the cause of death because there were no obvious signs of trauma on VanWinkle’s body.
Police also detained four individuals for questioning, but they were later released because there was no conclusive proof that a crime occurred, according to the newspaper.
However, police were told by witnesses that a fight broke out between VanWinkle and another unidentified man, the newspaper reported.
VanWinkle was the son of Dean VanWinkle, a detective sergeant in the investigations unit of the Grandview Police Department, according to the Star.
Kyle VanWinkle’s LinkedIn page shows that the 30-year-old Smithville man joined CommunityAmerica in September 2010 as a credit union analyst for the cooperative’s business services division.
He worked in that position until March 2012 when he began working as a document services representative. In November 2012, he became a loan operations specialist in the CommunityAmerica’s business division, according to VanWinkle’s profile page.
After graduating from William Jewell College in 2006, he landed a job as a junior lender and consumer loan officer for Liberty Bank in Liberty, Mo.
The death of VanWinkle followed a year to the day when Kansas City linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend on Dec. 1, 2012, at a home not far from Arrowhead Stadium. Belcher then drove to the team’s practice facility and shot himself in front of then-coach Romeo Crennel and the team’s general manager, Scott Pioli.
According to The Associated Press, in September 2012, a gunman attacked a Kansas City Royals employee in the same parking lot, which also serves Kauffman Stadium. The incident took place several hours before a Royals baseball game, according to the news agency.