Linebacker, Jovan Belcher, from the Kansas City Chiefs, shot and killed his girlfriend at a house near the team’s facility on Saturday morning.
The player then drove to a location near the team’s main campus and took his own life. Per the Kansas City Star, members of the team’s staff tried to stop the player from committing any other acts of violence before the player turned a gun on himself. The Chiefs’ Arrowhead practice facility was evacuated and is currently on police lockdown.
“We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning,” the team said in a statement this morning. “We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.”
According to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer, the name of the player will not be revealed until his family is informed. Glazer also reports that Chiefs players have been asked to assemble at the team’s main facility so that they can be informed of all the details.
Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.
According to TMZ reports:
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and girlfriend Kasandra Perkins were an extremely happy couple … this according to Kasandra’s family, who says news of the alleged murder/suicide this morning came as an “utter shock.”
Members of Kasandra’s family tell TMZ … Jovan and Kasandra always seemed to be in love. In fact, we’re told when Kasandra got pregnant, she and Jovan were “ecstatic.” The family says ever since the baby was born in September, the two couldn’t have seemed happier together.
The 22-year-old’s family says they have NO IDEA why the relationship took a tragic turn this morning — when Jovan allegedly shot and killed Kasandra before taking his own life — and news of their deaths was both devastating and unexpected.
Jovan started playing with the Chiefs in 2009 — and Kasandra, who is originally from Texas moved to Missouri to be with him.