Chiefs Linebacker Jovan Belcher Murder Suicide

Jovan Belcher, 25, linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs shot and killed his girlfriend today and then drove to the Chiefs team facility where he took his own life in the parking lot outside of Arrowhead Stadium. 

Prior to Belcher  turning the gun on himself…he thanked general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel as they watched helplessly.

Kasandra Perkins, the victim who was 22-year-old, had just given birth three months ago was shot multiple times.    According to reports the couple had an argument at around 7:30 AM this morning…

Belcher signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2009. 

He attended and graduated from the University of  Maine where he earned a degree in Child Development.  Read more about his playing career and watch news video here

The University of Maine issued a statement Saturday detailing Belcher’s career at that school:

“Jovan Belcher of West Babylon, N.Y., attended the University of Maine from 2005-2008 and was a linebacker through the 2008 football season, when he was one of two senior co-captains.

He graduated from UMaine in December 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in child development and family relations.

In his senior year, Belcher was named the 2008 CAA Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and named to the Preseason All-CAA Team. In his UMaine career, Belcher played 44 games. His stats include 293 tackles, 44.0 tackles for loss and 18.0 sacks.

UMaine Head Football Coach Jack Cosgrove says Jovan was a “tremendous student-athlete.

‘His move to the NFL was in keeping with his dreams,’ says Cosgrove. ‘This is an indescribably horrible tragedy. At this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with Jovan, Kasandra and their families.'”

VIDEO…Jovan Belcher

College Career Continued…

During his four year career at the University he started all 45 games. Recorded 293 tackles, 44.0 tackles for loss, 18.0 sacks (-122.0 yards), seven forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and three passes defensed … Opened all 13 contests as a senior in 2008 … Tallied 98 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, one pass defensed, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery … Started all 11 games in 2007 as a junior … Notched 85 tackles, 17.0 tackles for loss, 10.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and a pass defensed … Named second-team All-America by AP … Led the conference with 10.0 sacks and 17.0 tackles for loss … Opened 11 games as a sophomore in 2006 … Produced 52 tackles, 3.5 takedowns behind the line, half of a sack and one forced fumble … Started 10 games as a true freshman in 2005 … Registered 58 tackles, 6.0 stops for loss, one pass defensed and two forced fumbles .


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