NFL Player Shoots his Girlfriend Dead Before Killing Himself in Front of Coaches at The Stadium

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Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher,  25, fatally shot his girlfriend early Saturday, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium  and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager after first  thanking them for everything they had done for him, police said.

Authorities did not immediately release a  possible motive for the murder-suicide, which stunned the team and came one day  before a home game against the Carolina Panthers. The NFL said the game would go  on as scheduled.

It has yet to be officially confirmed,  but his dead girlfriend is believed to be  Kasandra Perkins. On Facebook, a profile for Kasandra Perkins includes pictures  of her with Belcher, whom she refers to as her boyfriend. Belcher  and his girlfriend had a baby less than three months ago on Sept 11.

Belcher was a 25-year-old native of West  Babylon, N.Y., on Long Island, played college ball at Maine. He had played all  four of his NFL seasons for the Chiefs and played in every game each year,  including the 11 so far this season.

Before turning the gun on himself, Belcher  thanked Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel for all they had  done for him, police spokesman Darin Snapp said.

Authorities received a call Saturday morning  from a woman who said her daughter had been shot multiple times at a residence  about five miles away from the Arrowhead complex.

‘When we arrived, a lady informed us that her  daughter had been shot multiple times by her boyfriend, by the daughter’s  boyfriend,’ Snapp said. ‘She identified him as a Chiefs player.’

Snapp told KCTV5 that a call was then  received from the Chiefs’ practice facility.

‘The description matched the suspect  description from that other address. We kind of knew what we were dealing with,’  he said. The player was ‘holding a gun to his head’ as he stood in front of the  front doors of the practice facility.

‘And there were Pioli and Crennel and another  coach or employee was standing outside and appeared to be  talking to him. It  appeared they were talking to the suspect,’ Snapp  said.

‘The suspect began to walk in the  opposite  direction of the coaches and the officers and that’s when they  heard the  gunshot. It appears he took his own life.’

The coaches told police they never felt in  any danger, Snapp said.

‘They said the player was actually  thanking  them for everything they’d done for him,’ he said. ‘They were  just talking to  him and he was thanking them and everything. That’s when he walked away and shot  himself.’

Snapp described the girlfriend as in  her  early 20s and that she and the player had a child together. He said  the woman’s  mother told police they had recently been arguing.

‘We can confirm that there was an  incident  at Arrowhead earlier this morning,’ the Chiefs said in a  statement. ‘We are  cooperating with authorities in their investigation.’

Source: The Daily Mail

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