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Jovan Belcher’s family was picture-perfect before murder-suicide (photos)

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, shot and killed his girlfriend and mother of his daughter, Kasandra Perkins, 22, at their home in Independence, Mo., following an argument they had over a Trey Songz concert on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. He drove five miles in his Bentley to Arrowhead Stadium, where he thanked his general manager, Scott Pioli, and coach, Romeo Crennel, before fatally shooting himself.

Belcher’s mother, Cheryl Shepherd, reportedly made the call to paramedics that Perkins had been shot multiple times. Perkins was rushed to the University of Kansas hospital where she was pronounced dead. Shepherd was in town helping the couple with their infant daughter, Zoey, who was born on Sept. 11, 2012.

Various sources have said the couple was having problems due to Belcher’s daily drinking and taking painkillers, and a head injury he sustained in a recent game. The couple reportedly argued often and had recently reconciled just before Thanksgiving.

It is also reported that Shepherd will raise their daughter in Long Island, N.Y. His teammates are planning to establish a foundation for the baby.

Pictures are worth a thousand words. Here, we’ve gathered photos from Instagram and Facebook of the late couple and their adorable daughter.

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  1. tmg333 on December 3, 2012 at 11:14 am

    this is so sad…now that child is left in the world with no parents. God bless the grandmother.

  2. Elaine on December 3, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    My prayers goes out to both families:)