The family of Jovan Belcher has released a statement expressing their sorrow and confusion following this weekend’s tragic murder-suicide that left Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins dead. Belcher, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, shot himself in front of his coach at Arrowhead Stadium shortly after killing Perkins at their home.
The family’s statement to TMZ read in part:
“As a family, no words can express the sorrow we feel over the loss of Jovan and Kasandra. The impact that this inconceivable tragedy has had on our heart is immeasurable; we are overwhelmed with both sadness and confusion.
“Jovan was our son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, grandson, and friend and we will miss him and Kasandra dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Perkins family as they mourn.
“…we will cherish the wonderful memories we have of Jovan and we pray that those memories will bring us peace as we grapple to understand the unpredictable and tragic ending of his life and the life of Kasandra Perkins.”
The family asked for privacy as they grieve.
Even those closest to Belcher are unsure how to understand his actions. Coach Romeo Crennel told reporters that he was “surprised by the events of the last few days,” and that he didn’t know “what made [Belcher] snap.”
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