Grim pieces have surfaced in Jovan Belcher's puzzling murder-suicide.
If you walk a circle around the Chiefs locker room, a collage of memories produce stark contrasts to a man capable of Saturday's heinous acts.
Middle linebacker Brandon Siler stated, "We didn’t know the guy who made those last few decisions" (via the Kansas City Star).
Recalling their last practice together, defensive tackle Shaun Smith claimed he and Belcher left the field laughing while back-and-forthing over who would play more snaps on Sunday. "We was joking, having fun," Smith said (via the Huffington Post).
But three days removed from the heart-wrenching news, it seems that there is more to last weekend's tragedy than meets the eye.
Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated reports that, according to a local law enforcement agent, Belcher had gone to the Power and Light District Friday night.
The former linebacker was accompanied by another woman before eventually separating, and Belcher allegedly made his way to her apartment later that evening. The woman hadn't returned home, but two of her neighbors—who claim that Belcher was intoxicated—offered to let him rest at their place.
Reportedly, Belcher requested a 6:30 wake-up call to prepare for a Saturday morning team meeting, noting, "I'll get fined if I don't make it."
When Belcher returned home, an argument between he and girlfriend Kasandra Perkins took place, which ultimately led to Saturday's culpable acts.
The opening of this morning's column by the Kansas City Star's Christine Vendel paints a grisly picture:
Seconds after fatally shooting his longtime girlfriend, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher leaned over her in their master bathroom, said he was sorry and kissed her on the forehead.
His mother, who heard gunfire as she stood in the kitchen, rushed to her son’s bedroom and watched his remorseful goodbye.
Belcher apologized to his mother, kissed his 3-month-old daughter and fled his rented home in the 5400 block of Crysler Avenue in his Bentley.
When Belcher reached the Chiefs practice facility, he admitted his guilt to general manager Scott Pioli.
As the echoed volume of police sirens increased, Vendel reports, "Belcher knelt behind a vehicle and made the sign of the cross across his chest before firing a single bullet into his head."
The harrowing news that branched from headline to headline on Saturday will have residual effects on countless people, especially the families of Kasandra Perkins and Jovan Belcher.
As humans, it's natural to revisit tragedies and attempt to salvage crumbs of sense from situations devoid of it.
Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn eloquently conveyed the underlying sentiment throughout the Chiefs organization:
Our condolences go out to the friends and families of Kasandra Perkins and Jovan Belcher and the couple's three-month-old daughter, Zoey.