she said she thought he was joking. How do you know when to take these things seriously and report them?
Former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher
sent a text message to a secret girlfriend less than two months ago
saying he "would shoot" longtime girlfriend Kasandra Perkins "if she
didn't leave him alone," according to police reports obtained by the
Kansas City Star.
The texts expressed turmoil and frustration, and Belcher's secret
girlfriend thought he was joking at the time, the newspaper reported
But on Dec. 1, Belcher shot and killed Perkins after an argument and
then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and killed himself with a different
handgun in the parking lot in front of his coaches and Chiefs general
manager Scott Pioli.
The police case file obtained by the Star reveal much about Belcher's relationship with Perkins.
Among the revelations is that he missed a team meeting a few weeks
before the murder-suicide. Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel told police
that Belcher blamed his absence on Perkins, saying she stayed out all
night and left him to care for their 3-month-old daughter at home.
Belcher had previously complained to his secret girlfriend that Perkins
"knew exactly how to press his buttons and make him angry." Belcher
said Perkins had threatened "to take all his money and his child" if
they split up, the reports indicate.
Police found 10 apparent gunshot wounds on the front of Perkins' body
and five wounds on her backside. Four bullets were in her body. One
bullet hole was in the bathroom floor, under Perkins' body, suggesting
she might have been shot while on the floor.
After Belcher shot Perkins, he headed to Arrowhead Stadium, where he
saw Pioli in the parking lot. The police reports said Belcher told
Pioli, "I'm sorry, Scott. I've done a bad thing to my girlfriend
already," and asked to speak with Crennel and linebackers coach Gary
As Belcher held a gun to his head, Crennel tried to talk him out of
suicide. Belcher walked away from the coaches and Pioli as police
arrived at the scene, and Crennel shouted, according to the report,
"You're taking the easy way out!"
Belcher then knelt behind a minivan, made the sign of the cross and fired his final shot into his head.