Family and friends of Kasandra Perkins gathered at a North Texas church on Thursday to remember the slain girlfriend of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. Life Celebration Funeral Home says a separate service will be held Saturday in Austin, followed by burial in nearby Pflugerville.

Belcher shot Perkins at their Kansas City home Saturday morning. He then drove with a handgun to Arrowhead Stadium, where he thanked team officials before kneeling down and shooting himself in the head.

A white casket bedecked with a spray of white lilies and pink roses was the mourners’ focal point at Ridgeview Family Fellowship in Blue Ridge, about 40 miles northeast of Dallas.

Steve Sweeney, senior pastor at Ridgeview, offered a prayer for God to bring healing to both her family and Belcher’s family. He also prayed for strength for Zoey, who was at the service.

Downing told the about 200 mourners, including Chiefs team chairman Clark Hunt, that Perkins always called him her “aunt” after her brother had decided for some reason to call his wife “uncle.” He said that in recent months, Perkins had informed him she’d be calling him “auntie” to reflect the diversity in their multiracial family.

The following is the obituary for the woman known to her friends and family simply as “Kasi.”

“Kasandra Michelle Perkins, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away December 1, 2012 at the age of 22. She was born October 14, 1990, in McKinney, Texas, to Darryl Keith Perkins and Rebecca Anne (Thompson) Gonzalez. Kasandra graduated from Anderson High School, class of 2009, in Austin, Texas. She was an instructor with Lone Star Dance Team and taught praise dance in her church. She was a member of the Kansas City Chief Woman’s Organization and was involved in after school programs as well as volunteering with other organizations.

“She is survived by her daughter, Zoey Michelle Belcher; mother, Becky Gonzalez and husband Jose of Fort Worth, Texas; father, Darryl Perkins of Austin, Texas; sister, Angela Moore of Blue Ridge, Texas; brother, Darryl Perkins II (DJ) of Austin, Texas; Grandparents, Frank and Elaine Aikey of Greenville, Texas, Joe Thompson of Michigan and Viola Perkins of Austin, Texas; great-grandmother, Doris Downing of Blue Ridge, Texas; several uncles, aunts, and cousins.


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