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Jovan Belcher reportedly told secret girlfriend he would shoot Kasandra Perkins if she didn’t leave him alone

The more details that emerge from the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide that took place earlier this month, the more it seems evident that the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker gave warning signs that he was a disturbed individual. On Friday, Jackson County prosecutors ruled the deaths of Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins a murder-suicide and closed the case. The case file, which is now public record, revealed more information.

According to the Kansas City Star, Belcher sent a text message to a “secret girlfriend” less than two months ago expressing his frustration with Perkins. Police reports say the message said Belcher “would shoot” Perkins if “she didn’t leave him alone.” The secret girlfriend said she simply thought Belcher was joking. As we now know, he was not.

In addition to the detail about Belcher’s threat, the reports also said Belcher told the girlfriend that Perkins knew how to “push his buttons” and make him angry. The secret girlfriend told police Belcher told her Perkins threatened to take the couple’s 3-month-old child and all of his money if they split up.

Belcher’s mother, Cheryl Shephard, said she moved in with Jovan and Perkins roughly two weeks before their deaths because they were having financial problems that were reportedly caused by Perkins’ spending habits. Shephard said the argument that preceded the murder-suicide had to do with one or both of them going out to a club and partying.

As we continue to find out more, we can only hope the tragedy will serve as a learning experience. Between Belcher’s alleged drinking problem, his questions about the paternity of his and Kasandra’s child and the threats he made about Perkins, there were a number of warning signs that should have indicated the 25-year-old was heading down a dangerous path.

H/T The Big Lead

Jovan Belcher reportedly questioned if he was the father of his daughter

As the dust continues to settle in the weeks after the tragedy that involved Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, his girlfriend and their families, more details have emerged that help explain exactly what happened. Belcher was reportedly having problems with his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins prior to the shooting. One of Jovan’s friends said that they separated two weeks before the incident and that the 25-year-old drank nightly. Another report said that Belcher was out with a different woman the night before the murder-suicide.

On Friday, the NY Post cited a source close to the Chiefs that claimed Belcher’s mother told police investigators that Jovan and Perkins were arguing over who the father of their 3-month-old daughter is before he shot Perkins and then killed himself.

“The mother believed that there was an issue over whether (Belcher) was the father,” the source reportedly told the Post. “She said he (believed he) wasn’t necessarily the father of the child.”

A Kansas City law enforcement source also reportedly confirmed that there was a question about the paternity, adding that there was an implication that Belcher and Perkins may have been arguing about whether or not the child was his.

Zoey, the 3-month-old infant, is slated to receive $1 million under the NFL’s life insurance policy from now until she turns 18 — or 23 if she attends college. Sgt. Marisa Barnes, a Kansas City police spokeswoman, said the baby’s paternity will not be part of the department’s murder-suicide investigation.

“That would not be something they’re going to investigate,” Barnes explained. “It’s a ‘he-said, she-said’ so there’s no way to investigate. It would be nothing more than a civil matter.“

One thing that seems certain is that the relationship between Belcher and Perkins was extremely rocky prior to the tragedy. Whether or not Belcher is actually the father of their child is something we may never know.

Jovan Belcher reportedly said ‘I can’t be here’ and crossed himself before committing suicide

Three days have passed since the tragic murder-suicide that involved former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his ex-girlfriend, and the details have gotten no less disturbing. It has become evident that Belcher had some serious psychological issues. He reportedly was recently separated from 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, had an alcohol abuse problem and was out with a different woman the night before his suicide.

On Tuesday, the Kansas City Star painted a horrifying picture of the tragedy unfolding on Saturday morning. Belcher’s mother says he fatally shot Perkins before telling her he was sorry and kissing her on the forehead. She says he then apologized to her, kissed his 3-month and daughter and headed out to the Chiefs practice facility. Police believe Jovan’s violent act weighed heavily on his mind during the five-mile drive.

“He probably realized he had done something and he couldn’t go back,” Kansas City Police Sgt. Richard Sharp explained.

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Jovan Belcher reportedly was out with different woman night before murder-suicide

Jovan Belcher reportedly was out partying with a different woman the night before he murdered his girlfriend and then killed himself, SI reports.

Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated says a woman told police she was out with Belcher in the Power and Light District of Kansas City on Friday night. According to Evans’ report, Belcher went into the apartment complex where the woman lives at some point after the two became separated that night. Two of the woman’s neighbors reportedly let the intoxicated linebacker sleep in their apartment that night. He reportedly asked them to wake him at 6:30 a.m. so he could make it to the team facility in time for a meeting. After he was awakened, he went to Kasandra Perkins’ home where the two got into a fight, which ended with Perkins’ death.

A previous report from Deadspin stated that Belcher was drinking nightly and that he and the victim had been separated for two weeks prior to the shooting.

Chiefs hung Jovan Belcher’s jersey, uniform in his locker (Picture)

The Kansas City Chiefs won their second game of the season on Sunday, just over 24 hours after linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend before committing suicide.

The team decided to prepare the deceased player’s locker with his gameday outfit. They hung up his jersey, pants, and helmet in his stall, and had his cleats laid out on the ground by his chair.

Many people believe that a killer should not be memorialized the way the team appeared to with this action. I agree that is the case, but I think an exception can be made in this situation for those deeply connected to the tragedy.

The Chiefs players must be confused and struggling to comprehend reality. I’m sure hanging his jersey and gameday outfit is not a message intended to condone his actions, but rather to help them remember a teammate during an extremely difficult time.

Carolina Panthers reporter Joe Person notes that the Chiefs prepare the locker stalls for all their players on injured reserve, so this action wasn’t exactly unique. The team also is starting a fund for Belcher’s orphaned daughter.

As long as this is a one-time thing for today, I can understand it. They should not be using a murderer as an inspiring figure for the future.

Photo: Joe Person/Twitter

Jovan Belcher reportedly drank nightly, separated from girlfriend two weeks ago

Former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend on Saturday before killing himself at Arrowhead Stadium, leaving many people in shock. There are many questions about the entire situation. Why did he do it? What was going on between him and his girlfriend? What made him turn?

We may ever learn the answers to these questions, but someone who reportedly is close to Belcher emailed Deadspin to provide some more insight from the linebacker’s point of view that could help explain behavior.

The source told Deadspin he was contacting them to get his friend’s side on the record, and to change the belief that the victim, Kasandra Perkins, arriving home late from a concert she attended on Friday night was the catalyst to the murder.

The friend who emailed Deadspin told the website that Belcher and Perkins had separated two weeks ago over a disagreement about the childcare of their daughter. Perkins reportedly took their daughter without his consent, and threatened that she would hire a lawyer to get as much money from him as possible.

The friend reportedly says Belcher was increasingly frustrated with Perkins for her poor performance in school — which he says Belcher was paying for — and for quitting her retail job.

The friend says Belcher drank nightly and was taking pain medication. The friend also says Belcher was suffering from short-term memory loss after taking hits to the head in the Chiefs’ Week 11 loss to the Bengals.

Does any of this justify committing murder, then suicide, and leaving their three-month old daughter without parents? Of course not. But this report, if you believe it (and we find it credible), helps explain what may have been going on in Belcher’s mind that led him to commit the horrific acts.

Report: Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher shoots and kills girlfriend, himself

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend and then committed suicide on Saturday morning, according to Kansas City police. Early reports indicated that an unnamed player had killed his girlfriend and then driven to the Chiefs practice facility and shot himself. Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com later reported that the player was Belcher.

The first shooting reportedly took place at around 8 a.m. in a neighborhood about five miles away from Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs were preparing to take on the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, and sources say the team has been told to travel to Charlotte as scheduled.

The team issued a statement on Saturday morning confirming that there was an incident but witholding any details while an investigation is underway.

“We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning,” the statement read. “We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.”

To make matters even more disturbing, ESPN 980 in Washington, D.C. is reporting that Belcher may have shot himself in front of Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel and GM Scott Pioli:

Our thoughts are with Belcher’s and the victim’s families. We’ll have more on this as details unfold.