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Jovan Belcher and Kasandra Perkins’ final moments

Tue., Dec. 4, 2012 7:29 AM EDT
by Nicholas Robinson

Many around the nation are still mourning the tragic murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his longtime girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, whom he fatally shot before killing himself at his team’s Arrowhead Stadium. But now, details have emerged about Belcher’s and Perkins’ final moments of life.

In a new report from The Kansas City Star, police sources are now revealing information about the events of the couple’s final day. The live-in couple had been swamped with relationship and financial problems for months, and Belcher’s mother had even moved from New York to stay with them to help with deal with their issues.

But on Dec. 2, Belcher and Perkins’ issues came to a head, as the two began arguing in their master bedroom. Belcher’s mother claims that she heard Perkins and her son arguing and that just before 8 a.m., she heard her son yell, “You can’t talk to me like that!”

Belcher’s mother then says she heard gunshot. Sources claim that after Belcher shot Perkins, he leaned over her body, said he was sorry and kissed her on the forehead.

Clearly distraught, Belcher left his home and drove five miles to Arrowhead Stadium, to his Chiefs family.

“He probably realized he had done something and he couldn’t go back,” said Police Sgt. Richard Sharp.

Police say that Belcher encountered Chiefs GM Scott Pioli in the parking lot and that he stepped out of his Bentley with a gun pointed at his own head.

“I did it,” he said, according to police. “I killed her.”

The Chiefs knew about Belcher’s relationship problems and had been “bending over backwards” to provide counseling for the couple, said Sharp. But, Belcher told Piolo that the counseling wasn’t working and that “it was too late.”

Belcher thanked Pioli for everything and asked if he and Clark Hunt would take care of his and Perkins’ daughter, Zoey. Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel and linebackers coach Gary Gibbs arrived in the parking lot and tried to convince Belcher to put down the gun. However, Belcher replied, “Guys, I have to do this.”

The men then heard police sirens and Belcher began walking away with the gun pointed to his head.

“I got to go,” Belcher reportedly said. “I can’t be here.”

Belcher then knelt behind a vehicle, made the sign of the cross across his chest and fired a single bullet into his head.

Our deepest condolences go out to the families of Belcher and Perkins. You can read comments from Belcher’s family and friends below. –nicholas robinson

 

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  • Don P.

    Lets respect the fallen No more Don P.