KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WAOK/AP) — Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot & killed his 22-year-old girlfriend early Saturday morning and then took his own life in front of his coaches.
Before committing suicide, Belcher drove to a parking lot at Arrowhead Stadium, the team’s training facility, to thank his coaches for the opportunities given to him to play in the NFL. It was at that moment when Belcher turned around and killed himself in front of team general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel.
“I can tell you that you have absolutely no idea what it’s like to see someone kill themselves,” said Kansas City Mayor Sly James. Mayor James talked to Pioli directly after Belcher killed himself. “You can take your worst nightmare and put someone you know and love in that situation, and give them a gun and stand three feet away and watch them kill themselves. That’s what it’s like,” said James. “It’s unfathomable.”
Authorities did not release a possible motive for the murder-suicide, though they say Belcher and his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, had been arguing recently. The two of them leave behind a three-month-old child, which the family now cares for.
“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,” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said in brief a statement.
After discussions between the league office, coach Crennel and the Chiefs captains, the team says it will proceed and play its home game against the Carolina Panthers as scheduled today.
Submitted by: Brent Yancy, Student Writer