Tragic news came in this morning when it was reported that two people were shot at Arrowhead Stadium including a Kansas City Chiefs player. Throughout the day more details have come in and although we’re still not sure why this happened although sources point to an argument over a Trey Songz concert, lets take a look at the people involved. Read more after the jump.
Jovan Belcher is a 25-year-old linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was born in West Babylon, New York and started collegiately for four years with the Maine Black Bears. Belcher went undrafted in the 2009 rookie class but later agreed to a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs that same year. He became a starter in 2011 and this year has recorded 38 tackles, five assists and one pass defensed.
He began a relationship with 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins. A friend Jennifer Ashley said Perkins was a student at Blue River Community College and studying to become a teacher. According to a friend they were dating for three years after being introduced by the girlfriend of another Chiefs’ player. The couple welcomed their daughter Zoey into the world in September and pictures indicated they were a happy family. Her family also says they were a happy couple and were ecstatic about the birth of their daughter. Kasandra who was from Texas even moved to Missouri to be with him. Other sources however say they often argued and their relationship was off and on. Sadly this morning Belcher and Kasandra had an argument and he shot her multiple times, she was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Police say her mother witnessed the shooting.
Belcher later drove to the Chiefs practice facility where he was identified as the gunman in the shooting and confronted by team personnel including head coach Romeo Crennel, general manager Scott Pioli. They tried to stop Belcher from committing additional acts of violence but he thanked them for all they’ve done for him before turning the gun on himself and pulling the trigger as the police arrived.
Truly a sad story for all involved. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all.