NFL player kills girlfriend, takes own life

Yahoo!7 December 2, 2012, 4:21 pm

Kansas City linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his 22-year-old girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, then drove to the Chiefs' facilities at Arrowhead Stadium and took his own life in front of some team employees, including coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli, on Saturday morning.

Police told the Kansas City Star that Belcher, 25, and Perkins got into an argument at approximately 7:00 a.m. Saturday at a residence in nearby Independence, Mo. Belcher shot Perkins multiple times. She was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead there. The couple had a 3-month-old daughter, who is currently safe in the care of a relative.

Members of the Chiefs' staff tried to stop Belcher from committing any other acts of violence before the player turned a gun on himself. The team's practice facility was evacuated and put on police lockdown.

The Chiefs were scheduled to host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, and the team has announced on its official site that the game will proceed as scheduled.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Chiefs and the families and friends of those who lost their lives in this terrible tragedy," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a league statement. "We have connected the Chiefs with our national team of professional counselors to support both the team and the families of those affected. We will continue to provide assistance in any way that we can."

Perkins' mother called police after witnessing the incident and told them that her daughter had been shot. Police arrived at the Chiefs' facility only to find Belcher in the parking lot with a gun to his head. As one officer got out of his car, he heard a gunshot. Belcher was later pronounced dead. Pioli, Crennel, and defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs were among the team employees in the vicinity. Belcher reportedly thanked Crennel and Pioli for all they had done for him, and then took his own life.

"Pioli and Crennel and another coach or employee was standing outside and appeared to be talking to him. It appeared they were talking to the suspect," Kansas City police spokesman Darin Snapp said. "The suspect began to walk in the opposite direction of the coaches and the officers and that's when they heard the gunshot.

"They said the player was actually thanking them for everything they'd done for him. They were just talking to him and he was thanking them and everything. That's when he walked away and shot himself."

Chiefs players were asked to assemble at the team's main facility so that they can be informed of all the details.

"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," team Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement. "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 appropriate counseling resources are available to all members of the organization."

If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline 13 11 14, Mensline 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline 1800 551 800

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  1. Cassandra05:32am Monday 03rd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The selfish man did not think about the little girl he was leaving behind and the grief stricken family he has ruined. What a selfish pig. Perhaps that little girl is actually better off without her ill father but to deprive his daughter of her mummy. That is a different matter all together.

  2. Nathaniel12:37am Monday 03rd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    not quite sure what Elaine is trying to say...I'm pretty sure that if a woman shoots a man it's against the law also....sick of this violence against women violence should be tolerated, against men or women...why is it only bad if it's against women???? And did you read the article, I'm pretty sure he won't be charged as he shot and killed himself!!!!!

  3. Stephen12:36am Monday 03rd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Just shows it can happen to anyone at anytime even if you think they are on top. Make sue you talk to your friends and make sure they are okay even when they look like they are going well. RIP KP & JB.

  4. Elaine12:10am Monday 03rd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The only tragedy here is that yet again women are subject to this type of violence by males who think that this behaviour is okay. Whether he is a sportsman or not male violence towards women is unacceptable and against the law!!!

  5. Weatherman11:36pm Sunday 02nd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    American will always live with its gun laws, some people just shouldn't live with guns.

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  6. Robert10:31pm Sunday 02nd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What are you lot on about - I've just got home after a family dinner and a glass or three of RED so be like me -CHEER UP - GO TO BED and tomorrow is another lovely day ... God Bless ... Bob P

  7. Nathaniel10:07pm Sunday 02nd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    i'm guessing this clown below me is talking about me ,I'm Aussie born and raised and I don't care where this happened. This guy played in a high profile competition. It's the same as when Phil Hartman was shot by his wife, there was a lot of interest. If your not interested the solution is simple , don't read it. And if I here Aussie Aussie Aussie one more time i'm going to vomit. The phrase has lost all meaning nowadays, it's the mating call of thugs!!!!!!

  8. Stephen10:03pm Sunday 02nd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    But America needs its gun's as an incentive against any invading commie army and of like....

  9. フランク09:49pm Sunday 02nd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    And....America will never get over its infatuation and love for the "law of the gun" and the right to own one....Simply because the "right to own one" is in their truly outdated (by a couple of hundred years) Constitution.....and of course the country makes so much money selling this "right" to the rest of the world....Time to put down the guns America.....The rest of the world is getting really tired of you being the moral conscience of the Universe!!! A job at which you've totally botched in my view!!!

  10. フランク09:38pm Sunday 02nd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    You suck-heads that think that because you're American and you live in Australia a story about "killer American culture' is indeed fitting....Then I have a question for you!! There are so many more Thais, Chinese, Vietnamese, Lao and Asians in general living in this land of plenty than #$%$ass Americans!!! Where are their stories!!!?????