Jovan Belcher murder suicide

Chiefs linebacker kills girlfriend, then takes life at Arrowhead

12/1/12 in NFL   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

November 12, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Jovan Belcher (59) on the field before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 16-13 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIREJovan Belcher reportedly killed his 22-year-old girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins and himself Saturday morning. The Chiefs' linebacker allegedly took the life of his girlfriend and mother of his three-month-old child, Zoey at their house in Kansas City before driving to Arrowhead Stadium and turning the gun on himself as Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel looked on and pleaded with him.

According to reports, the fourth-year linebacker out of the University of Maine killed his girlfriend around 8 a.m. CT at their home in Kansas City. Belcher's mother was reportedly present for the slaying, but unharmed.

Then at Arrowhead, Belcher reportedly thanked Pioli and Crennel for all they had done for him, then, as two police officers approached the scene, Belcher turned his back, walked away from the Chiefs personnel and took own life in the parking lot of the team facility. 

Kansas City, in the midst of a tumultuous season on the field, is scheduled to host the Carolina Panthers Sunday at noon CT. Carolina is traveling to Kansas City today, and the game is expected to go on as scheduled. 

Though the game is between two teams out of playoff contention (Kansas City is 1-10, Carolina is 3-8), the NFL is likely to try and have the game played because of the impact it could potentially have on other teams in the league (rest, injuries, tiebreakers...). 

The Chiefs issued a statement saying, "We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead this morning. We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation."

Chiefs' owner Clark Hunt later issued a statement expressing sadness and asking for prayer.

The 25-year-old Belcher grew up in West Babylon, N.Y. and was one of Kansas City's starting inside linebackers in their 3-4 defense. He was tied for fourth on the team with 38 tackles.

This is a developing story, so I'll update it as I get more information. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved in this terrible tragedy.
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1/4/13   |  

I heard this news from my friend and read this news. It is really sad to know this news. Steroids and trauma always create a critical issues. I hope he will remember his previous now and wishing him best to recover from it early. pressure cleaning

12/3/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1604 respect

i heard they are considering a combination of steroids and head trauma from several concussions.  His last concussion left him where he couldn't remember the previous day at all.

12/1/12   |   Jeff_P   |   19859 respect

JUST SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SAD AND SENSELESS...............

12/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11846 respect

Just turned on TV, PlayBook and joined "the world" after sleeping and enjoying a movie, only to see this incredibly sad news headlining TSN and the net.  I would also suspect steroids, but if,  in fact, his mother, her mother, and the baby were present, I can only imagine the emotions in play leading up to this tragedy. Two lives lost far too soon and a young child now without both mother and father.  My prayers to everyone involved. 

12/1/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1604 respect

i would be putting a bet on steroids, roid rage.