11/26/2013 02:10 pm ET

A Year After Jovan Belcher's Final Act, Friends Offer Clues to Tragic Downfall

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See, that’s the misconception of violent acts committed by violent people—that a singular moment tells us most of what we need to know.

Well, it’s not the moment. It’s the buildup to the moment. It’s the millions of little things that take you from there to here. From boy to man. From special-teamer to starter. From kind and warm and generous and giving to, well, dead. Murder. Suicide. Heartbreak. Nightmare.

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