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Kansas City Chief Jovan Belcher reportedly shot girlfriend, committed suicide

Kansas City Chief Jovan Belcher reportedly shot girlfriend, committed suicide
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A player for the Kansas City Chiefs reportedly shot and killed his girlfriend then committed suicide earlier this morning. The player was Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher,  according to numerous unconfirmed Twitter reports.

Sad news regarding Jovan Belcher of Kansas City Chiefs, shooting himself at the stadium after killing his girlfriend.

— Andy Head (@AndyHead02) December 1, 2012

This news out of Kansas City is absolutely horrible. RIP to Jovan Belcher.

— Jeff Ratcliffe (@JeffRatcliffe) December 1, 2012

The suicide occurred at Arrowhead stadium, which is currently on lockdown.

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Rolling updates:

Belcher’s Wikipedia page has already been updated with information about the alleged murder/suicide.

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These Twitter users say Belcher recently had a baby:

Jovan Belcher just had a baby. Ugh.

— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 1, 2012

From FB page “Jovan is a daddy! Congratulations! Zoey Michelle Belcher born 9/11/12, 7.35lbs, 20″

— Mr. ManSitChoAzzDown (@AngryBlkManDC) December 1, 2012

Damn… this pretty much sums up how tragic this is… #JovanBelcher

— Mr. ManSitChoAzzDown (@AngryBlkManDC) December 1, 2012

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Maybe this wasn’t a homicide. One Twitter user says Belcher’s girlfriend may survive the shooting:

@rolandsmartin girlfriend may live.Jovan Belcher is the player that committed suicide.

— Melvin Daniels (@melvind02) December 1, 2012

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A producer for a local radio station received an anonymous tip about Belcher shooting his mother earlier this morning. The producer believed the tip was a “creative hoax.”

(1/2) Anonymous caller claiming to be a policeman says authorities are headed to Arrowhead to arrest #Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher for allegedly

— Nolan Woodford (@TeamACW) December 1, 2012

(2/2) shooting his mother.Surely, an extremely creative hoax.But the way things have gone for the #Chiefs this year…

— Nolan Woodford (@TeamACW) December 1, 2012

All other reports seem to indicate that Belcher shot his girlfriend, not his mother.

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Coaches and the Chiefs’ general manager reportedly witnessed the suicide:

Jovan belcher killed himself in front of Chiefs head coach and GM #crazy

— Grab N’ Go (@bart_grabowski) December 1, 2012

KC police chief says Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot himself in front of “a couple coaches” and police.

— Ryan Hains (@RynoHainser) December 1, 2012

(Note: In an earlier update, Twitchy misidentified a coach and the GM as Chiefs’ players.)

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The Kansas City police chief has ID’d Belcher as the shooter?

KC police chief says Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot himself in front of “a couple coaches” and police.

— Ryan Hains (@RynoHainser) December 1, 2012

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The Chiefs are scheduled to play the Carolina Panthers tomorrow at Arrowhead Stadium. Will the game proceed?

Reports of a shooting at Chiefs’ practice facility, NFL advises Panthers to travel as planned:

— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) December 1, 2012

There is no way the Kansas City Chiefs should play tomorrow after today’s tragedy.

— Ryan Hains (@RynoHainser) December 1, 2012

Suspect we’ll hear soon that the #Chiefs#Panthers game in Kansas City will be postponed. Can’t recall anything like this.

— Sports Collector (@SportsCollector) December 1, 2012

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Fans are saying RIP to Belcher:

Very very sad…. I hate reading stories like this…and the 3 month old baby who was left behind… =( RIP Jovan Belcher

— natalie nunn(@missnatalienunn) December 1, 2012

RIP Jovan Belcher. You were a great guy and I know that. Never will forget ya #resteasy

— Jake W. Devlin (@_JakeyLicious) December 1, 2012

#RIP Jovan Belcher. Terrible news for a guy who had The world in front of him.

— Warren Smith (@Warren_Smith8) December 1, 2012

what happened to the chiefs is tragic, RIP Jovan Belcher

— Maurice Shelton (@mshelton4) December 1, 2012

RIP Jovan Belcher Kansas City Chiefs its a crazyy world man my prays go out….

— iRussygetFlee (@iRuSsyGetFleE) December 1, 2012

Let’s not forget that this man reportedly shot (and may have killed) his girlfriend:

Why would idiots say RIP to a murderer Jovan Belcher?And not only that but now a 2 month old has no parents. No sympathy to him.

— Chris M (@InvCmNj26) December 1, 2012

Rip jovan belcher? I think not, he SHOT his gf.

— Countra Boy Larry (@TeamTandB) December 1, 2012

Don’t get why people are saying RIP to Jovan Belcher when he murdered his girlfriend, killed himself and has left a 3 month old child alone.

— Sam (@TheBookOfSams) December 1, 2012

Can’t believe I’m seeing R.I.P. tweets for alleged murderer Jovan Belcher. He killed a woman. That’s a B.S. cowardly act. SMH

— Barry Cunningham (@barrycunningham) December 1, 2012

Yeah get out of here with your Rest in Peace Jovan Belcher tweets… If what they’re saying happened really happened. Get outta here w/ that

— Mike Ryan (@MikeRyan790) December 1, 2012

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Unconfirmed, but this beautiful woman (Kasandra Michelle Perkins) appears to be Belcher’s girlfriend:

From FB… Jovan Belcher, girlfriend Kasandra & daughter Zoey on Thanksgiving

— Mr. ManSitChoAzzDown (@AngryBlkManDC) December 1, 2012

Kasandra Michelle Perkins

Damnit. RT @angryblkmandc: Jovan Belcher’s daughter Zoey Michelle was born this past Sept. His girlfriend’s name was Kasandra Perkins

— Nig Flair, esq. (@MyNig) December 1, 2012… damn RIP. she was beautiful

— Tanya (@Legginz) December 1, 2012

Perkins and Belcher had apparently set up a baby registry.

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Some MSM outlets have yet to report the name of the shooter:

An unidentified KC Chiefs player has committed suicide at the team facility, police confirmed Sat. morning.

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 1, 2012

Meanwhile, “Jovan Belcher” is trending on Twitter. If people can’t get the name from the MSM, they will find it elsewhere.

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Reporter Chuck Goudie of ABC7 in Chicago reports that police confirm Belcher “shot and killed” his girlfriend before taking his own life.

Confirmation from @kcpolice that #Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot & killed girlfriend, drove to Arrowhead then killed himself.

— Chuck Goudie ABC7 (@ChuckGoudie) December 1, 2012

Police were reportedly on scene at Arrowhead when they heard the shot.

MORE: @jeff_rosen88: KCPD: Police were getting out of car when they heard the shot. #Chiefs

— Micah Grimes (@MicahGrimes) December 1, 2012

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As of 1:30 p.m. ET, it looks like the Chiefs-Panthers game will go on.

NFL says KC/Panthers game in KC tomorrow willbe played as scheduled.

— LexiStemple (@LexiFoxNews) December 1, 2012

NFL has full plans to play Chiefs game tomorrow. No changes for right now. See how it unfolds

— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 1, 2012

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Source says #Chiefs Belcher murder-suicide followed argument over @treysongz concert…

— Kansas City Star (@KCStar) December 1, 2012

A friend of the woman killed by Belcher told the Kansas City Star the couple argued after she returned home from Friday’s Trey Songz concert. The source was unaware of prior physical abuse.

Clark Hunt, chairman and CEO of the Kansas City Chiefs, released a statement this afternoon.

Statement from Kansas City Chiefs Chairman & CEO Clark Hunt –…

— Kansas City Chiefs (@kcchiefs) December 1, 2012

The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddened by today’s events, and our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the families and friends affected by this unthinkable tragedy. We sincerely appreciate the expressions of sympathy and support we have received from so many in the Kansas City and NFL communities, and ask for continued prayers for the loved ones of those impacted.

Hours later, media are now beginning to report that Kasandra Perkins is the woman shot to death by Belcher.

Chiefs LB Belcher shot himself in front of the team’s head coach and GM after he killed girlfriend Kasandra Perkins

— New York Post (@nypost) December 1, 2012

Kansas City Police identified the girlfriend of a KC Chiefs player killed in a murder-suicide as Kasandra Perkins. She has ties to #Texas.

— NBC DFW (@NBCDFW) December 1, 2012

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Belcher’s fans have reportedly set up a makeshift memorial outside his childhood home.

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