Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Marcell Dareus and his family are facing a terrible tragedy after reports Tuesday evening named the former No. 3 overall pick's younger brother as a victim in a recent triple homicide.
CBS 42 out of Pelham, Ala., had the report:
CBS42 News has learned one of the victims of Sunday's triple homicide in Pelham was the brother of a former University of Alabama football standout.
That standout is Dareus, and the report eventually goes into more detail stating that, "His brother, 19-year-old Simeon Gilmore, was among three people shot to death at a Pelham home Sunday afternoon."
UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 5:05 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos
Despite the tragic situation he and his family are in, Marcell Dareus will reportedly play on Sunday.
Joe Buscaglia of WGR550.com quoted Buffalo Bills' head coach Chan Gailey saying, "I talked to him this morning. Think he'll be back for Sunday's game, whether it's tonight, tomorrow or the next day I don't know. But I think he'll be here for this week. He wants to be back."
Dareus will certainly have support from fans of both the Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, as this is a courageous act from a man going through a devastating loss.
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UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 2:05 p.m. ET by Alex Kay
Marcell Dareus has been excused from the team in order to travel home and be with his family following this terrible tragedy.
According to the Associated Press (via ESPN), Bills head coach Chan Gailey stated that he expects the defensive lineman to be back in Buffalo in time for the home opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon.
He has the support of his teammates, his coaches and the organization, so expect nothing to change when Dareus is finally ready to return to action.
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UPDATE: Wednesday, September 12 at 12:50 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford
Bills wide receiver David Nelson expressed his concern for Dareus and his family via Twitter:
My thoughts and prayers are with my Teammate Marcell Dareus and his entire family. Terrible news. You are in our prayers brother— David Nelson (@DavidNelson86) September 12, 2012
It's important to come together in situations such as this, so it's nice to see the support from Dareus' teammate right away. I'm sure he won't be the only one extending his condolences following this horrific incident.
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Tragedy such as this makes everyone stop and think. Behemoth defensive linemen look like modern-day gladiators in football pads, but they are just regular, everyday people in the end.
The report mentions that "a source close to the family tells CBS42 News that Marcell Dareus is making plans to return home to Birmingham to be with his family." We don't know if this will impact his presence at Buffalo's upcoming games, but this obviously takes precedence over anything that's happening on the field.
According the CBS 42, "Police have charged 20-year-old Jon Staggs with three counts of Capital Murder. Investigators have not commented on a motive. Staggs is in the Shelby County Jail without bond."
Specific details will work themselves out in the coming days, but this is certainly a tragedy. Thoughts go out to the Dareus family as they cope with this trying time.
Stay tuned for more details regarding this sad situation.