Saturday morning, Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher, 25, drove to the team’s training facility and shot himself in the parking lot, in front of the Chiefs’ general manager and head coach, who he thanked for all they had done for him. But prior to that? Belcher allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, 22, mother to his three-month-old daughter. The child and Belcher’s mom were allegedly witnesses to the murder. While details surrounding the crime are murky, one report said that Belcher was upset that Perkins had gone to a Trey Songz concert the night before, leaving the baby at home.
A number of news outlets have interviewed people who knew the couple, many of whom said that they seemed excited about being first-time parents and were generally in love. However, at least one relative of Perkins’ described the relationship as “strained,” though there are no reports so far that Belcher had ever been violent towards Perkins before. And in a tragic twist of irony, Belcher was supposedly a member of Male Athletes Against Violence while he was a student at the University of Maine.