Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher Shoots Girlfriend, Commits Suicide Outside Team Facility

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistDecember 1, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 09:  Linebacker Jovan Belcher #59 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates a sack of quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 9, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend at their home before going to the team facility and shooting and killing himself in front of team personnel, according to The Kansas City Star. Police confirmed the tragedy.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports first reported about the situation this morning.

 

UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 1, 3:59 p.m. ET by Donald Wood 

According to NBC’s Pro Football Talk via the Chiefs, Sunday’s Carolina Panthers/Kansas City Chiefs game will go on as scheduled:

Chiefs announce tomorrow's game against Panthers will be played at regularly scheduled time.

— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 1, 2012

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UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 1, 3:15 p.m. ET by Donald Wood 

According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, the police have officially released the name of the female victim involved in the murder-suicide:

Police announce Kassandra Perkins is the name of the deceased girlfriend of Belcher. She had a 3-month-old daughter with him

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 1, 2012

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UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 1, 3:05 p.m. ET by Donald Wood

The NFL released an official statement (via ESPN’s Adam Schefter):

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Chiefs and the families and friends of those who lost their lives in this terrible tragedy. We have connected the Chiefs with our national team of professional counselors to support both the team and the families of those affected. We will continue to provide assistance in any way that we can.

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UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2:25 p.m. ET by Donald Wood 

The Kansas City Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt released the following statement to the team’s website:

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. 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.

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UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2:15 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

Kansas City mayor Sly James has told the media that the Chiefs are on board to play tomorrow’s game against the Panthers according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports:

KC Mayor Sly James on the Chiefs: "They think there should be a game tomorrow."

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 1, 2012

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UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 1, 1:35 p.m. ET by Donald Wood

According to Glazer, the NFL has no current plans of cancelling Sunday’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Carolina Panthers:

NFL has full plans to play Chiefs game tomorrow. No changes for right now. See how it unfolds

— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 1, 2012

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UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 1, 12:20 p.m. ET by Donald Wood 

Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer is reporting about how the league will handle Kansas City’s matchup with the Carolina Panthers Sunday:

Panthers interim GM Brandon Beane says league has advised team to travel as planned. Team charter leaves at 1:15 pm.

— Joe Person (@josephperson) December 1, 2012

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UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 1, 11:55 a.m. ET by Donald Wood 

Danny Parkins of Kansas City talk radio is reporting on the identity of the player that took his own life:

KCPD confirms #Chiefs player involved in murder/suicide was Jovan Belcher.

— Danny Parkins (@DannyParkins) December 1, 2012

CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora is reporting about which members of the Chiefs staff were there when Belcher committed suicide:

KCPD Officer Darin Snapp confirms GM Scott Pioli and Coach Romeo Crennel were outside team facility at the time Chiefs player killed himself

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 1, 2012

KCPD say the player thanked both men before taking his life, and that Pioli and Crennel did not feel threatened. KCPD not revealing identity

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 1, 2012

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UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 1, 11:50 a.m. ET by Donald Wood

Sports Illustrated is reporting on who the player involved in this incident was, although the name has not been confirmed by the team or police:

The player who shot himself was said to be fourth-year linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, but Kansas City police and team officials have not confirmed his identity. There are no other known injuries at the Chiefs facility.

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UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 1, 11:45 a.m. ET by Donald Wood 

NFL insider Adam Breer is reporting on more details on the horrible incident:

Just got off phone w/the KCPD. Spokesman said PD the girl's mother called them, her daughter had been shot by her "on-again, off-again bf".

— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 1, 2012

That call was at 7:50 CT. Police called to Arrowhead at 8:10. They found Chiefs staffers, and the player w/a gun to his head in parking lot.

— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 1, 2012

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UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 1, 11:15 a.m. ET by Donald Wood 

The Kansas City Star is reporting on who was there when the Chiefs player took his own life:

Police: #Chiefs player, 25, was met by coaches in the parking lot of the practice facility and then took his own life.

— Kansas City Star (@KCStar) December 1, 2012

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UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 1, 11:15 a.m. ET by Donald Wood 

The Kansas City Chiefs officially released a statement on the incident on their website:

We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning. We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.

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UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 1, 10:36 a.m. ET by Donald Wood 

According to Jeff Rosen of the Kansas City Star, the local media outlets are reporting that this may be a case of murder-suicide:

Our news partner ch. 5 reporting #Chiefs player apparently killed his girlfriend and then himself this morning. Details to come...

— Jeff Rosen (@jeff_rosen88) December 1, 2012

This is a horrible situation, and as more details arise, we will provide them here.

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UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 1, 10:40 a.m. ET by Donald Wood 

According to Laura McCallister of kctv5.com, these are the latest updates on the shooting, exactly who was involved and when and where it happened:

The first shooting was reported about 8 a.m. at a home near 54th Street and Chrysler Avenue. The second shooting was reported a short time later at a Chiefs practice facility located on the Arrowhead facility.

Officials said the Chiefs player shot and killed his girlfriend and then drove to the practice facility where he shot and killed himself.

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Check back for more updates as this news continues to break.

 

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