Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his 22-year-old girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, Saturday morning at their home. He then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and as police arrived, shot himself. Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli witnessed Blecher shooting himself. Kansas City police spokesman Darin Snapp said that he was not threatening Crennel or Pioli, "He was just talking to them and thanking them for everything they had done for him."
Perkins' mother was visiting her daughter and Belcher and their 3-month-old daughter and witnessed the original shooting. She called police after Belcher left, apparently headed for the stadium.
"The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddened by today's events, and our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the families and friends affected by this unthinkable tragedy," said Cheifs chairman Clark Hunt in an official statement. "We will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities and work to ensure that the appropriate counseling resources are available to all members of the organization."
Blecher was born July 24, 1987. He played collegiately with the Maine Black Bears. Following his 2008 season, Belcher was named first team All American in the Football Championship Subdivision. After going undrafted in 2009, Belcher was signed to the Chiefs under a free agent contract. He was re-signed in 2012 for just under $2 million.