Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher Dies In Murder-Suicide

Starting inside linebacker Jovan Belcher of the Chiefs is dead.

Belcher shot himself Saturday morning in the players’ parking lot at the team’s practice facility in the Truman Sports Complex. He did this in front of GM Scott Pioli, head coach Romeo Crennel and several other staff members. The single shot from a handgun came just as Kansas City police arrived at the scene in search of the linebacker.

His death came less than 30 minutes after he had shot and killed his 22-year old girlfriend Kasandra Perkins at their home they shared in Independence. The shooting came after an argument that reportedly began around 7 a.m.. Belcher then left the house and drove to the practice facility. He was met by Chiefs officials who attempted to talk him out of further violence, but he pulled the trigger and took his own life. Perkins died at an area hospital. Belcher was declared dead at the scene.

There’s been some confusion as to who else was in the house at the time of the shooting, whether it was Kasandra’s mother Becky Gonzalez or Belcher’s mother Cheryl Shepard. Also in the house was the couples three-month old daughter Zoey.

The Chiefs facility remained stunned and grieving early Saturday afternoon as players had reported to work for their normal day before a team meeting and walkthrough session. It’s not known whether any of his teammates talked with Belcher or saw him take his life.

“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,” said team chairman Clark Hunt in a statement released by the team. “We sincerely appreciate the expressions of sympathy and support we have received from so many in the Kansas City and NFL communities, and ask for continued prayers for the loved ones of those impacted. We will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities and work to ensure that the appropriate counseling resources are available to all members of the organization.”

Around 2:45 p.m. on Saturday the Chiefs released this statement: “After discussions between the league office, head coach Romeo Crennel and team captains, the Chiefs advised the NFL that it will play tomorrow’s game vs. the Carolina Panthers at its originally scheduled time (noon).”

Kansas City, Missouri mayor Sly James met with the Chiefs in the late morning and said that Pioli was “very emotional about this.” James indicated he understood Pioli’s reaction.

“I can tell you that you have absolutely no idea of what it’s like to see somebody kill themselves,” James said as reporter by Yahoo. “If you can take your worst nightmare and then put somebody you know and love into that situation and give them a gun and stand 3 feet away from them and watch them kill themselves, that’s what it’s like. It’s unfathomable. It’s something that you would love to wash away from your mind, but you can’t do it. There’s nothing like it. There’s nothing like it. Think about your worst nightmare and multiply by five.”

Belcher’s actions were far different than the reputation and personality he had developed in his time with the Chiefs.

“Never … did I think Jovan was anything but a model citizen,” said his agent Joe Linta, who also represents head coach Romeo Crennel. Linta spoke to SI.com. “He came to my youth clinics in the offseason and worked with kids. He was gracious, unselfish, hard-working, dedicated kid, very, very caring of some of the underprivileged kids who came to the clinics. I saw him in a real positive way.”


12 Responses to “Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher Dies In Murder-Suicide”

  • December 1, 2012  - Tenand6 says:

    Tragic. Awful. Horrible.


  • December 1, 2012  - txchief says:

    What a tragedy. There is a great deal of bad karma surrounding the Chiefs this year.


  • December 1, 2012  - BigJimInWisconsin says:

    Jovan Belcher, according to KansasCity.com.


  • December 1, 2012  - JB says:

    A really bad year gets tragically worse. Condolences to the family, the players and the Chiefs organization.


  • December 1, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    What a senseless tragedy. Belcher hurt everyone in his life which his selfish act. Prayers to the victim’s family, especially the little girl and her grandmother that witnessed the murder. Prayers to Belcher’s family that will be forever scared by his acts. Prayers to the entire Chiefs family.

    I will be wearing red tomorrow in support for the Chiefs family.


  • December 1, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    I’ll also add that the first player to speak out was Winston. He needs to just shut his big fat mouth. He is a liar and has very little connection to this team. Since when does he think he is the team spokesman?

    I feel horrible for the players that knew Belcher and were close to him.


  • December 1, 2012  - el cid says:

    To me this is as bad as it gets. Young people are not supposed to have this happen to them.

    Doubly sad as he was a Chiefs player and they seem closer than many but he seemed like a decent sort of person.

    My condolences to both famlies and those who knew he.


  • December 1, 2012  - Merwin in NY says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to both families, and to all the players and coaches as well. What a sad ending to a very sad year for everyone involved with, and followers of the Chiefs. May both victims now rest in peace.


  • December 1, 2012  - Donald says:

    A terrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers for all involved.


  • December 1, 2012  - Tenand6 says:

    You can’t have a moment of silence for Belcher. He murdered the mother of his child in front of the mother of the woman he was living with. You want to feel bad for a troubled man who appeared to be trouble free—-yet he murdered a defenseless woman in a setting that shocks to the core. Then he kills himself in front of people who have been on the receiving end of the public’s disappointment if not disdain. Emotional cross-currents here that boggle the mind.
    And then there may be a game to play. Unbelievable.


  • December 2, 2012  - el cid says:

    If you can get beyond your harsh feeling, this is not supposed to happen. i believe he thought he was on top of the world, girl, child, job. Something when wrong and a child has no family. When you are 25 you are immortal and will live at 25 forever, a feeling that is terrible to lose. If I can keep from some tranference, it was bitter for me in RVN and things are not the same afterward.

    Belcher chose a terrible path and, for me, makes a football game meaningless on about every level there is. No moment of silence, just play the game and move on.

    As for this 2012 chiefs team, Pioli, Crenne, and Hunt…..they are as sad bunch as they were before and no one is off the hook. We just have to get past it and clean house for next season. It is just a sad footnote, which frankly will be forgotten by most shortly.


  • December 2, 2012  - Petey says:

    You ought to be ashamed of yourself cy. An innocent women was killed and you feel it’s your duty to come in here and rip a player that you don’t like, again?

    You’re just as bad, if not worse, than what you say about Eric Winston. I wish you’d shut your big fat mouth too.




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