Kansas City Chiefs’ Jovan Belcher Kills Girlfriend Then Takes His Own Life [Details]
Rucuss staffDecember 1, 2012
Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher did the unthinkable Saturday morning.
During a heated argument with his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, Belcher shot and killed her in front of his mother. The linebacker then drove to Arrowhead stadium and committed suicide in front of the Chiefs head coach and general manager.
The argument was allegedly over Kasandra staying out to late after a Trey Songz concert. A friend, who asked not to be identified, said Belcher confronted his girlfriend when she returned home about 1 a.m., the Kansas City Star reports. The couple had dated about three years and argued frequently, the friend said, But she wasn’t aware of any prior physical abuse.
This tragic incident comes as a shock to many of his teammates and family. Kasandra had just given birth to the couple’s first child, Zoe, in September.
The Kansas City Star reports:
Police Capt. David Lindaman said Belcher, 25, and his girlfriend, 22, got into an argument around 7 a.m. at their home in the 5400 block of Crysler Avenue in Kansas City. Around 7:50 a.m., Lindaman said, Belcher shot his girlfriend multiple times. She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Lindaman said Belcher’s mother, who was visiting the couple and their 3-month-old daughter, witnessed the shooting and was being interviewed by police.
Belcher left the scene on Crysler and went to the Chiefs practice facility at Arrowhead, police said.
Police were called to the stadium around 8:10 a.m. When Belcher arrived there he encountered General Manager Scott Pioli, Coach Romeo Crennel and other team personnel. Police said Chiefs staff attempted to keep Belcher from committing additional acts of violence. When police arrived, they heard a gunshot and found that Belcher had shot himself in the head.
Chiefs owner Clark Hunt released the following statement:
“The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddened by today’s events, and our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the families and friends affected by this unthinkable tragedy. We sincerely appreciate the expressions of sympathy and support we have received from so many in the Kansas City and NFL communities, and ask for continued prayers for the loved ones of those impacted.
We will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities and work to ensure that the approporiate counseling resources are available to all members of the organization.”
The Chiefs are scheduled to host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
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