Former American football linebacker, Jovan Belcher played for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). 25-year-old Belcher On Saturday, December 1, murdered his 22-year-old girlfriend, Kassandra Perkins as they were arguing. This occurred before driving to Arrowhead Stadium, thanking the general manager and head coach for all they’d done for him, and shooting himself, effectively committing suicide. The mother of his 3-month old daughter was reported to be shot multiple times.
Police mentioned that Belcher’s mother witnessed the incident as she was visiting from New York, and was interviewed by investigators.
Some people have mentioned that they fought over “normal couple stuff” and it is hard to track any underlying life or mental health issues that could have lead to the tragedy.
According to The Star, police were called to the stadium around 9:10 a.m. EST. Belcher met Pioli, Crennel and other team officials. They tried to keep him from doing anything further. Police said the player was “holding a gun to his head” in the front doors of the practice facility.
“He had a conversation with Scott Pioli,” Police Capt. David Lindaman told the newspaper. “There was no threat and it was quite friendly, from what I understand. The Chiefs’ organization had been very supportive of him and he was expressing that.” As the police reached the spot, they heard a gunshot and found that Belcher had shot himself in the head.
“Jovan was a happy, proud father, with pictures of his baby on his Facebook page,” Belcher’s agent, Joe Linta, told SI.com. “This is shocking. Something went crazy wrong, and we’ll probably never know what it is.” Joe appears to be the agent for five Ravens — Joe Flacco, Matt Birk, Dannell Ellerbe, Gino Gradkowski and Antoine McClain (practice squad) — according to his website.