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Family of man beaten to death tearful as community shows support

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BELTON, MO (KCTV) -

Dean VanWinkle could not hold back his tears any longer.

"When you talk about a devastation that we've been through, you folks have supported us. It's what's gotten us through," he said.

He let his emotions show after what seemed like the entire Belton, MO, community came out to remember his son Kyle, who was killed during a fight outside of Arrowhead Stadium during a Chiefs game in December.

"We're focused on healing and helping out his family and helping his young wife," Dean VanWinkle said.

"He never ever went a second without letting me know he loved me," said Jenni VanWinkle, Kyle's wife.

Jenni and Kyle VanWinkle were married in 2011. Two years after their marriage, baby Will was born. Kyle VanWinkle only got to spend seven short weeks with his son before Kyle's untimely death.

"I believe that we can honor Kyle and keep his memory going by living the life that he lived every day," she said.

Hundreds of people came out to honor Kyle VanWinkle. Many of them walked 2.4 miles to honor his football No. 24. The event was also a fundraiser for Kyle VanWinkle's son, who is now 6 months old, as well as an outlet to share an important message.

"We're happy that this event could be something that would maybe focus on alternatives to violence as opposed to having it happen to some other family," Dean VanWinkle said.

It also served as a reminder to live life to the fullest.

"Turn to those people who you love and care about and tell them how much you love them because some day you might not be able to, and you don't want to live with any regrets," Jenni VanWinkle said.

There was also an education fund that has been established for Will. Donations should be made out to:

Jennifer M. VanWinkle, beneficiary of Kyle A. VanWinkle Memorial Fund
Community America Credit Union
P.O. Box 15950
Lenexa, KS, 66285-5950.

When Kyle VanWinkle died, he was just 30 years old.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker charged Josh T. Bradley of Independence with involuntary manslaughter for the death. She said Kyle VanWinkle was repeatedly punched in the face after he was found sleeping in the wrong vehicle.

Dean VanWinkle is a spokesman for the Grandview Police Department.

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