Despite murder suicide, Panthers to play Chiefs Sunday

Credit: Associated Press

Kansas City Chiefs' Tamba Hali (91) and Jovan Belcher (59) sit on the bench during their loss to the Buffalo Bills in an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on December 1, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 8:56 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Police say Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend early Saturday, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager. 

Police spokesman Darin Snapp confirmed it was Belcher, a fourth-year player from West Babylon, N.Y., who played college ball at Maine. The woman's name has not yet been released. 

Snapp said Belcher shot the woman at a Kansas City residence, then drove to the Chiefs facility. He thanked Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel for all they had done for him, then shot himself. 

Police have identified the girlfriend as 22-year-old Kasandra M. Perkins. 

Police spokesman Darin Snapp says linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot Perkins on Saturday.

Authorities did not release a possible motive for the murder-suicide, though police said that Belcher and his girlfriend had been arguing recently.

The two of them have a 3-month-old child. 

Snapp says Belcher's mother recently had moved in with the couple, possibly to help with the baby. She called police just before 8 a.m. to report Perkins had been shot multiple times. Perkins was transported to a hospital, where she died a short time later.
 

The Chiefs say Sunday's home game against the Carolina Panthers will go on as scheduled.
 

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