Friday, December 15, 2017
News Roundup

Couple's troubles factor in tragedy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher told officers who found him sleeping in his car outside an apartment complex hours before he committed a murder-suicide that he was there to visit a woman he called his "girlfriend," but that she wasn't home.

The complex is about 10 miles from the Kansas City home Belcher shared with 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, the mother of their 3-month-old daughter Zoey. Belcher shot Perkins at their home Saturday morning before driving to Arrowhead Stadium, where he committed suicide in the practice facility's parking lot, police said.

Police responded to a report about 2:50 a.m. (Central) Saturday of a man sleeping in his car outside an apartment building, police spokesman Darin Snapp said Tuesday. When police approached, Belcher got out and was cooperative, Snapp said.

Snapp said Belcher, 25, made a call and a short time later, a woman let Belcher into her building. Police did not question the woman and don't know who she is, he said.

Witnesses have since told police that Belcher stayed until 6:30 a.m., Snapp said. At about 7:50, police were called to Belcher's home after he had shot and killed Perkins, whose body was found on the floor of the master bathroom with multiple gunshot wounds, according to a police incident report.

Belcher knelt down, kissed Perkins on the forehead, and said, "I'm sorry," police said, referring to an account given by Belcher's mom, who encountered the couple in the master bedroom after hearing shots.

Then, Belcher gave a goodbye kiss to Zoey, apologized to his mom, and drove his Bentley to Arrowhead Stadium, where he told Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel and other team officials "I killed her" before fatally shooting himself in the head, a Kansas City Police Department spokesman said.

Also, Chiefs officials knew Belcher and his girlfriend were having relationship problems, and the team provided the couple with counseling.

Police Sgt. Richard Sharp told the Kansas City Star that the couple had been arguing over relationship and financial issues for months.

Monday, police investigators said they had talked to witnesses who said Belcher was seen at several bars Friday night, and appeared intoxicated hours before the shootings, police said.

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