Earlier today Jovan Belcher’s family issued a statement on the murder-suicide tragedy and now the family of the girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins that he shot and killed have broken their silence.


According to KCTV:

The Perkins family issued an emailed statement Monday:

“On behalf of the Perkins family, we appreciate the outpouring of love and concern for our Kasandra ‘Kasi’ Perkins. Our hearts are truly broken for Kasi was a beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, mother, cousin and friend. At this time, we request the media respect our privacy during this difficult time as we grieve for our loved one. Please keep us in your hearts and prayers as well as the Belcher family for two lives were lost. Again, we thank you for your support. Our wish is for Kasi to be remembered for the love she shared with us all. Kasi will be truly missed,” the family said in a written statement.

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles and his wife, Whitney, released a separate statement Monday, confirming that Perkins and Whitney Charles are cousins.

“Our family has suffered a personal tragic loss. Kasandra Perkins was in fact first cousin to my wife, Whitney. As this is a very tough time for our family, I ask that we are respected as we grieve. Kasandra was not only family, but a friend and a loving mother. As my actual family and my Kansas City Chiefs family have been altered forever, we ask that you keep us, and most importantly, their child in prayer.”