Kansas City Chiefs, University of Maine React to Belcher Murder-Suicide
KANSAS CITY (CBS) – The Kansas City Chiefs won their second game of the season after an emotional Saturday when a teammate took his own life and that of his girlfriend.
Police say that starting linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, on Saturday before driving to Arrowhead Stadium and fatally shooting himself in front of coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Piolo.
“It’s tough when circumstances – you can’t undo them,” Crennel said on Sunday after the game. “You have to rely on family, friends, faith, and that’s what the team tried to do.”
Both Crennel and Pioli worked previously with the New England Patriots.
Belcher, a University of Maine alumnus, will be missed by those who knew him at his alma mater.
“[He] played here immediately as a freshman and had a tremendous impact,” Maine head coach Jack Cosgrove said. “He was a member of Big Brothers. He graduated in 3.5 years, which is a tremendous accomplishment for a student-athlete.”
Perkins had been studying to become a teacher, and gave birth to a child with Belcher in September.
A motive for the murder-suicide has not been released.