Just after shooting Kasandra Perkins, 22, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, knelt over his longtime girlfriend’s lifeless body and kissed her on the forehead. Belcher’s mother witnessed this conflicted goodbye in the couple’s master bathroom before her son kissed his 3-month-old daughter for the final time and fled his home in the early morning of Dec. 1, according to police reports.
Belcher, a four-year NFL veteran who was signed by Kansas City as an undrafted prospect out of Maine, then drove five miles to the Chiefs nearby practice facility, where he would encounter team personnel in the parking lot. Reports then claim Belcher held a gun to his head as several team officials, including Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli, pleaded with him to put down the weapon.
“Guys, I have to do this,” he reportedly told them.