Professional American football team Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend in the early morning hours on Saturday, December 1, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium where he committed suicide in front of his football coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli, say police.
25-year-old Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins began arguing at 7AM at a Kansas City residence. At about 7:50AM Belcher opened fire, shooting the 22-year-old victim multiple times. She was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead. He then drove to his football stadium, thanked his coach and manager for all they had done and shot himself.
As facts from the morbid murder/suicide continue to unfold, a source told the Kansas City Star that Belcher and his girlfriend had argued the night before after a Trey Songz concert.
“A friend of the woman killed today by Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher said the couple argued in the early morning hours after the woman was out late attending Friday’s Trey Songz concert at The Midland,” the publication reports. “The friend, who asked not to be identified, said Belcher confronted his girlfriend when she returned home about 1AM.” The friend said she “wasn’t aware of any prior physical abuse.”
Belcher’s mother was visiting and at the home at the time of the shooting. She was reportedly watching the couple’s 2-month-old daughter and is being interviewed by police.
Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt released the following statement on the deaths:
“The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddened by today’s events, and our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the families and friends affected by this unthinkable tragedy.
“We sincerely appreciate the expressions of sympathy and support we have received from so many in the Kansas City and NFL communities, and ask for continued prayers for the loved ones of those impacted. We will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities and work to ensure that the appropriate counselling resources are available to all members of the organization.”