(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — NFL linebacker Jovan Belcher displayed “no major issues” in his personal life before he killed his girlfriend and then shot himself to death for no apparent reason, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel said at a news conference Monday.
“I’m not a psychologist, I don’t know what made him snap,” Crennel, who witnessed the suicide at the team’s practice facility, said. “I was surprised.”
Crennel said there are “counselors on site and they’ll be here most of the week.”
Two days after Belcher, 25, killed the mother of his 3-month-old baby, shooting the 22-year-old woman multiple times, police say, details about what led to the murder-suicide remain sketchy.
Belcher’s emotional teammates defeated the Carolina Panthers 27-21 Sunday in a game overshadowed by Saturday’s tragic developments, as Belcher’s No. 59 jersey remained hanging in his locker.
In a statement today, the family of Kassandra “Kasi” Perkins said:
“On behalf of the Perkins Family, we appreciate the outpouring of love and concern for our Kassandra ‘Kasi’ Perkins. Our hearts are truly broken for Kasi was a beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, mother, cousin and friend. At this time we request the media respect our privacy during this difficult time as we grieve for our loved one. Please keep us in your hearts and prayers as well as the Belcher family for two lives were loss [sic].”
Belcher’s family also issued a statement:
“We can’t express the sorrow we feel over the loss of Javon and Kassandra,” it read. “The impact that this inconceivable tragedy has had on our hearts is immeasurable. We are overwhelmed with both sadness and confusion. Javon was our son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, grandson and friend and we will miss him and Kassandra daily. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Perkins family as well as they mourn.”
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