Jovan Belcher Kills Girlfriend and Commits Suicide
Police confirm that the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker killed his girlfriend and himself on Saturday
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend and himself on Saturday, police have confirmed.
The Kansas City Police Department says that Belcher, 25, shot and killed his girlfriend and then drove to Arrowhead Stadium where he shot himself in front of his coach and general manager, ESPN reports.
According to TMZ, police say Belcher shot Kasandra M. Perkins, 22, multiple times and that her mother witnessed the fatal shooting. The couple leave behind a 3-month-old baby girl.
“When the officers arrived, when they were pulling up, they actually observed a black male who had a gun to his head and he was talking to a couple of coaches out in the parking lot,” said police spokesman Darin Snapp.”As officers pulled up, and began to park, that’s when they heard the gunshot and it appears the individual took his own life.”
“We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning,” the Chiefs said in a statement. “We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.”
TMZ adds that GM Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel tried to prevent Belcher from committing additional violence, and that Belcher thanked them for all they had done for him before the self-inflicted gunshot.
“There is nothing profound or comforting to say that can help us understand or explain a situation like this,” George Atallah of the NFL Players Association Tweeted Saturday. “We have been in touch with players. At a time like this, we can only come together as a family and as a community.”