New details have emerged in the murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins.
The Kansas City Star has pieced together the couple's final moments on the morning of Dec. 1 at their home where Perkins was killed and at the Chiefs' practice facility where Belcher turned a gun on himself.
Some details, according to the report, which cites police sources:
- After a night of partying, Belcher was found asleep in his car by Kansas City police officers. It was determined he could drive himself home. Police believe he arrived home around 7 a.m.
- Belcher and Perkins had an argument around 8 a.m. Belcher's mother, who was living with the couple, heard her son yell something to the effect of “You can't talk to me like that!” and then gunshots. Belcher's mother ran to the couple's bedroom where she saw him tell Perkins he was sorry and kissed her on the forehead. Belcher apologized to his mother, kissed his three-month-old daughter and fled to the Chiefs' practice facility.
- Belcher encountered Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli at the facility's parking lot. Belcher exited his car with a gun pointed at his own head saying, “I did it. I killed her.”
- Later, head coach Romeo Crennel, linebackers coach Gary Gibbs and another team employee arrived.
- While Pioli and Crennel tried to reason with Belcher, sirens could be heard closing in on the practice facility. “I got to go,” Belcher said. “I can't be here.” Belcher then knelt behind a vehicle and made the sign of a cross across his chest before shooting himself in the head.
The Chiefs were also reportedly aware of the Belcher and Perkins' domestic problems and was providing counselling. Belcher's mother moved in with the couple to help them through their issues.