A police report made public on Tuesday reveals chilling details about Jovan Belcher’s last moments before the murder-suicide involving his 22-year-old girlfriend Kasandra Perkins. A “foreboding text message” sent to a secret girlfriend set the stage for a series of tragic events.
According to The Kansas City Star, Belcher’s message said he “would shoot” Perkins “if she didn’t leave him alone.” At the time, the secret girlfriend thought Belcher was joking but the statement was far from an empty threat. On Dec. 1, Belcher shot Perkins at their Kansas City home before driving to Arrowhead Stadium where he shot himself in the head in front of Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel.
Prior to his suicide, the document reports Belcher stating, “I’m sorry, Scott. I’ve done a bad thing to my girlfriend already. I want to talk with [linebackers coach Gary] Gibbs and Romeo.”
After bringing out the additional coaches and a security guard, Belcher lowered the .40-caliber handgun to chamber a round and walked away.
• Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel said Belcher missed a team meeting a few weeks earlier and blamed it on Perkins, who reportedly hadn’t come home the night before, leaving him to watch the baby. Crennel said he thought the couple had “trust issues” and Perkins expected “a better life” with an NFL player. Crennel said he thought Belcher had contacted a lawyer about getting custody of his daughter.
• Belcher’s mother, Cheryl Shepherd, had moved in with the couple about two weeks before their deaths because they were having “relationship problems due to financial issues associated with Perkins’ spending habits.” Shepherd said the argument that preceded the killings “was in regard to one or both of them going out as in to a club or partying.”
• Police found a bullet hole in the bathroom floor under Perkins’ body that went through to the basement, possibly indicating she was on the floor when Belcher fired that round. Shepherd said she heard a “thump” before the gunshots. Police found eight spent shell casings and three bullet fragments in the bathroom and one spent bullet in the basement. Police observed 10 apparent gunshot wounds on the front of Perkins body, including to her neck, shoulder and chest, and five wounds on her backside. The medical examiner said four bullets remained in her body.