Family and friends of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher arrived at Upper Room Christian Church in Dix Hills , New York to pay tribute to the life of the 25-year-old man who killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, before killing himself.
At Upper Room Christian Church on Wednesday, relatives wore black — and red, the Chiefs’ color. Pastor Dawn Mixon shared that Belcher’s mother, Cheryl Shepherd, described him as a “humble, kind young man.” He had a soft spot for children and loved cartoons.
“We may not understand the reasons why we are here or understand what caused this tragedy,” Mixon said.
At a celebration of Belcher’s life, there were hints of the way it ended. A photo slide show played on a large screen above the stage, with images from Belcher’s childhood through his football careers at nearby West Babylon High School and the University of Maine.
Then appeared the words “In loving memory of” Belcher and Kasandra Perkins, the mother of his 3-month-old daughter. After a series of pictures of Perkins and baby Zoey came the message, “Keep this little girl in your prayers.”
“The legacy we pass on to her will be good,” said his uncle, Davin Miles.