Javon Belcher Murder-Suicide Shocks Kansas City [VIDEO]
The Kansas City Chiefs say their game Sunday afternoon against the Carolina Panthers will go on as scheduled, even as the franchise tries to come to grips with the death of linebacker Jovan Belcher.
Belcher shot himself in front of General manager Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel outside the team’s headquarters Saturday morning after earlier fatally shooting his girlfriend.
Before pulling the trigger, Belcher thanked Pioli and Crennel for giving him a chance in the NFL
Authorities haven’t released a possible motive for the murder-suicide, other than to note that Belcher and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, had been arguing frequently.
The two left behind a 3-month-old girl.
Members of the Chiefs laid low Saturday, but a few of them reacted on Twitter, including Pro Bowl linebacker Tamba Hali who wrote “I am devastated by this mornings events.”
Meanwhile, a large group of Belcher’s friends and relatives gathered Saturday at his boyhood home on Long Island, N.Y.
His family turned the front yard into a shrine, with a large poster of Belcher, an array of his trophies, and jerseys and jackets from Kansas City, the University of Maine and West Babylon High.
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