Saturday, December 1, 2012
Black athlete murders girlfriend and then kills himself
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher committed suicide in front of the team's coach and general manager Saturday at the Chiefs' training facility after killing his girlfriend in a seperate shooting, Kansas City Police spokesman Darin Snapp said. Belcher shot himself in the head in front of Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel while standing in front of the team's practice facility near Arrowhead Stadium, Snapp said. Belcher drove to the Chiefs' facility after shooting Kasandra Perkins, his 22-year-old girlfriend, in a house he was leasing. Police said that Belcher's mother witnessed the shooting and called 911. Belcher and Perkins had a 3-month-old daughter together. "About (7:50 a.m), we got a call to a residence, in regards to a shooting, on the 5400 block of Crysler Avenue," Snapp said. "The young woman was taken to a local hospital, where she died a short time later. At about 8:10 a.m., we received a call to the Arrowhead practice facility in regards to a black male armed with a gun in the parking lot, and he matched the description of the shooting suspect," Snapp continued. "Officers arrived, saw a black man with a gun to his head, and some Chiefs employees. As the officer got out of his car, he heard a gunshot. It appeared the individual shot himself. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead."