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Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins dead before shooting himself because she told him he was not the father of their baby daughter, it was revealed today.
The Long Island mother of Kansas City Chief’s player, Cheryl Shepherd, said the couple argued over the paternity of their three-month-old daughter right before the murder suicide at her son’s home in Missouri.
Cheryl Shepherd was in the home when her son shot Kasandra Perkins, 22, nine times before fleeing. He is believed to have kissed her dying body and their baby daughter goodbye before he left.
A source told the New York Post: “The mother believed that there was an issue over whether [Belcher] was the father. She said he believed he wasn’t necessarily the father of the child.”
A Kansas City law-enforcement source confirmed: “She told police there was a question about the paternity.”
It is unclear if the paternity issue was the reason why the rocky relationship ended in such a violent and tragic way.
The source added: “The implication was that paternity was what the two of them were fighting about – that the baby might not have been his.”
Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins dead before shooting himself because she told him he was not the father of their baby daughter
The couple had been receiving counseling for relationship and financial problems, police said.
A spokeswoman said she would not comment on the doubts raised over baby Zoey’s paternity.
According to the New York Post, she is set to receive more than $1 million over the years until she reaches 18. It is not clear if this was based on the results of a pregnancy test.
Jovan Belcher’s beneficiary will also get $600,000 in life insurance, a $100,000 retirement account and $200,000 for each of the four seasons played.
A Kansas City police spokeswoman said the baby’s paternity wouldn’t be part of the department’s murder-suicide probe.
“That would not be something they’re going to investigate,” said Sgt Marisa Barnes.
“It’s a <<he-said, she-said>> so there’s no way to investigate. It would be nothing more than a civil matter.”
Jovan Belcher was memorialized as a “humble, kind young man” at his funeral on Wednesday – despite the brutal murder of the mother of his child and shooting himself in front of his coaches.
Friends of Kansas City Chief Jovan Belcher say his mental state may have been deteriorated due to a history of head injuries, pain killers, and alcohol abuse.
A person claiming to be close to Jovan Belcher has revealed in a series of e-mails that these issues as well as long-term domestic problems between himself and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins may have led Belcher to the murder-suicide he committed Saturday morning.
Jovan Belcher killed 22-year-old girlfriend and mother of his child Kasandra Perkins before driving to Arrowhead stadium and turning the gun on himself.
In a series of e-mails to Deadspin, the friend describes: “They have been arguing for quite sometime and had separated 2 weeks ago,” the anonymous friend wrote.
“He had brought her and the baby back home however, they were both arguing on a regular basis. Both of them are/were very young and immature and that combined with other factors led to this tragedy.”
Jovan Belcher’s friend adds that many of their recent arguments focused on Kasandra Perkins failing college classes Belcher paid for and quitting her retail job, as well as telling Belcher that she was leaving him and would find a lawyer to “get as much money as possible” from the football player.
Jovan Belcher may have reacted to all this differently if he wasn’t messed up from booze, meds, and taking shots to the head on the field.
“When it comes to prescription medication it is unclear from my perspective whether it was diagnosed and authorized by the team or not,” the friend wrote.
“However, I know he was under the influence of narcotics for pain and I’m sure the toxicology report will reflect this. However, Jovan drank ALOT. On a nightly basis. This is not a mystery as he did so in public and private.
“When it comes to his concussions; if you review the footage of the Cincinnati game he took a few hits to the head directly […] he was dazed and was suffering from short term memory loss. He could not remember the events that had taken place prior to that game or what he had said to get Kasi to return home.”
Friends of Kansas City Chief Jovan Belcher say his mental state may have been deteriorated due to a history of head injuries, pain killers, and alcohol abuse
Jovan Belcher, 25, was also a member of a group which campaigns against violence towards women.
Jovan Belcher – who was raised by his own mother – was part of Male Athletes Against Violence and had pledged to develop deep-held beliefs against attacking females.
Among the promises he would have made is one to “look honestly at my actions in regard to violence and make changes if necessary”.
Belcher would also have taken part in the White Ribbon campaign – those taking part vow to “never to commit, condone nor remain silent about violence against women”.
The 25-year-old linebacker was a member of MAAV whilst studying at the University of Maine where he played football for three years until he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009.
On Saturday his past as an anti-violence campaigner apparently meant little when he shot Kasandra Perkins dead in a row when she came home from an R&B concert the night before.
His mother discovered the body as she was living in the house too and called 911.
Jovan Belcher then drove to his team’s stadium and shot himself dead in front of his coach and general manager.
He and Kasandra Perkins lived together and three months ago had a baby girl but are said to have rowed frequently.
The horrific murder suicide came one day before a Kansas home game against the Carolina Panthers which went ahead as scheduled.
Just a day after the deaths, the Chiefs would take the field against the Carolina Panthers eventually winning their second game of the season 27-21.
Jovan Belcher had argued with his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins after she came home late from an R&B concert the night before he shot her dead then drove to his team’s stadium and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager, it has emerged.
The 25-year-old Kansas City Chiefs linebacker fatally shot 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins early on Saturday morning, then killed himself in the presence of Chiefs staff after first thanking them for everything they had done for him, police said.
Jovan Belcher and Kasandra Perkins lived together and three months ago had a baby together on September 11 – but a friend said they quarreled frequently, and added that they fought when Perkins arrived home at 1 a.m. after attending a performance by Trey Songz.
Authorities did not confirm a possible motive for the murder-suicide, which stunned the team and came one day before a home game against the Carolina Panthers. The NFL said the game would go on as scheduled.
Judging from pictures posted on Kasandra Perkins’ Facebook page, the young couple had appeared to be happy and in love following the birth of their first child.
“Jovan and Kasandra always seemed to be in love. In fact, when Kasandra got pregnant, she and Jovan were ecstatic. Ever since the baby was born in September, the two couldn’t have seemed happier together,” a member of the Perkins family told TMZ.
However, a friend told the Kansas City Star she had frequently seen them argue over the course of their relationship – though she had no reason to believe their fights had ever become violent.
On Friday night, she added, Belcher had confronted Perkins when she came home after watching R&B star Trey Songz perform in Kansas City.
Jovan Belcher fought with Kasandra Perkins when she came back late from Trey Songz concert before murder-suicide
Jovan Belcher’s agent Joe Linta told ESPN’s Adam Schefter: “I’m in shock. So out of character. He was the last person in the world you would expect to do this.”
“Jovan was a happy, proud father, with pictures of his baby on his Facebook page,” Joe Linta told SI.com’s Peter King in a phone call on Saturday afternoon.
“This is shocking. Something went crazy wrong, and we’ll probably never know what it is.”
“Never until four hours ago did I think Jovan was anything but a model citizen,” Joe Linta told Peter King.
“He came to my youth clinics in the offseason and worked with kids. He was a gracious, unselfish, hard-working, dedicated kid – very, very caring of some of the underprivileged kids who came to the clinics. I saw him in a real positive way.
“I never take on anyone as a client I wouldn’t be proud to take home and spend time with my wife and kids. Jovan was one of those type of people.
“There’s no word for this other than shocking. That’s all I can think of.”
Jovan Belcher was a native of West Babylon, New York, on Long Island, played college ball at Maine. He had played all four of his NFL seasons for the Chiefs and played in every game each year, including the 11 so far this season. His 2012 salary was $1,927,000, four times what he had earned for the previous year.
Before turning the gun on himself, Jovan Belcher thanked Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel for all they had done for him, police spokesman Darin Snapp said.
Jovan Belcher’s mother had recently moved in with the couple, possibly to help with the baby, at their residence in Independence, Missouri about five miles away from the Arrowhead complex.
She called police just before 8 a.m. to report Perkins had been shot multiple times. Kasandra Perkins was transported to The University of Kansas hospital, where she died a short time later.
Two people were found dead Friday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel where the 39th Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards are scheduled to take place on Saturday in what police believe to be a murder-suicide.
Police responded to a shooting at the hotel at around 11:00 p.m. on Friday and found a man and a woman dead from gunshot wounds. The victims were described as “elderly”.
Two people were found dead Friday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel where the 39th Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards are scheduled to take place on Saturday
The bodies were picked up from the hotel early Saturday by the coroner’s office.
The Beverly Hilton is also where Whitney Houston was found dead back on February 11.
Last night a gunman went on the rampage in Bayonne, New Jersey, killing three people, including a baby, and then himself in an apparent murder-suicide.
According to neighbours, the violence erupted from a domestic dispute in a small, white ranch house near the Bayonne Bridge.
A fifth person was rushed to Bayonne Medical Center and was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith, who was at the scene in Avenue A late last night, said initial reports indicated that one person did all the shooting.
The suspect is believed to have first fired at two adults, then the infant, and then turned the gun on himself.
“It is a tragedy and a senseless loss of life for the family and the community as a whole,” Mayor Mark Smith said.
The mayor said two other children were in the home at the time of the shooting, but were unharmed.
A gunman went on the rampage in Bayonne, New Jersey, killing three people, including a baby, and then himself in an apparent murder-suicide
The shootings occurred around 8:00 p.m. When police turned up a woman was outside the house suffering from a gunshot wound.
The woman spoke little English but was able to convey to the officers that there were more people shot inside the home, officials said.
Police then entered the house and found a man and a woman shot dead.
According to officials, a boy, who was aged one to one-and-a-half years old, had also been shot and was rushed to the hospital, but did not survive.
Police have not identified the victims.
Officials also said that the man believed to have been the gunman died inside the home, apparently of a self-inflicted wound.
It was not clear whether he was dead when police arrived or whether he shot himself after police had entered the home.
Around 15 to 20 shots were fired, and police believe a gun recovered at the scene was the one used in the killings.
Around the neighbourhood, stunned residents were trying to get a handle on what had happened.
Has Jones, 30, said he heard the gunfire: “I heard four shots and then it stopped, and then I heard screaming and then three more shots.”
Has Jones, who lives about 50ft from the house where the shooting took place, said the person screaming was a woman.
Nicole Poesl, 33, who walked several blocks from her home to the scene tonight, said she saw a police officer exit the house, cradling a young girl in his arms.
She said she asked police: “What’s going on? Murder-suicide?” and an officer shook his head, “yes”.
Some residents said a “lady with two kids” lived in the home.