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Victim's family speaks

A shrine stands outside the home of Jovan Belcher in West Babylon, N.Y. He killed his girlfriend then himself on Saturday.

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A shrine stands outside the home of Jovan Belcher in West Babylon, N.Y. He killed his girlfriend then himself on Saturday.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Breaking their silence, the family of the woman shot and killed by Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher said Monday their "hearts are truly broken" and asked for privacy while they grieve the loss of two loved ones.

Belcher killed his 22-year-old girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, at their Kansas City home Saturday before driving to Arrowhead Stadium, where Belcher, 25, committed suicide in the practice facility's parking lot, police said. The couple had a 3-month-old daughter, Zoey.

"Our hearts are truly broken for Kasi was a beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, mother, cousin and friend," the family said in an emailed statement. The family also asked that the media "respect our privacy during this difficult time."

Kansas City police Sgt. Marisa Barnes said authorities hope to deliver an investigative report to prosecutors today.

Nobody from the Chiefs said Belcher showed any signs of depression or other personal problems.

Barnes said firearms found at the couple's home were legally registered to Belcher. It is unknown how many guns were found. Police spokesman Darin Snapp also said Belcher's mother, who had been staying with the couple, was given temporary custody of Zoey.

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles and his wife, Whitney, also released a statement asking for privacy. Perkins and Whitney Charles were cousins.

Around the league

CARDINALS: Profootballtalk.com reported that defensive lineman Darnell Dockett spit in the face of teammate Kerry Rhodes late in Sunday's loss to the Jets. According to the report, Dockett resisted the idea of letting the Jets score a touchdown late so that Arizona might have enough time for a comeback in a 7-6 loss.

DOLPHINS: Tackle Jake Long (left triceps), hurt Sunday, could be out for the season. Long can become an unrestricted free agent this winter.

EAGLES: Coach Andy Reid said Nick Foles will stay the starting quarterback, even when Michael Vick returns from a concussion. … Defensive line coach Jim Washburn was fired and will be replaced by Tommy Brasher.

JETS: Coach Rex Ryan said he is undecided on whether Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy or Tim Tebow (if healthy) will start at quarterback Sunday at Jacksonville. McElroy replaced Sanchez against Arizona and led New York's lone touchdown drive.

LIONS: Wide receiver Ryan Broyles needs surgery after tearing his right ACL Sunday against Indianapolis.

RAVENS: Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said he has a torn right biceps, but emphasized he is seeking a second opinion on the extent of the injury.

VIKINGS: Coach Leslie Frazier said he never considered pulling struggling quarterback Christian Ponder on Sunday and that the former FSU star will start next week.

BOUNTY HEARINGS: Hearings in the bounty probe resumed with appearances by former Vikings coach Brad Childress, Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt and linebacker Jonathan Vilma. Former commissioner Paul Tagliabue is overseeing the hearings, which are scheduled to end today in New Orleans.

Victim's family speaks 12/03/12 [Last modified: Monday, December 3, 2012 11:20pm]

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