Police Release New Details in Hours Leading up to Belcher, Perkins Murder-Suicide
Posted on: 3:28 pm, December 4, 2012, by John Pepitone and Sarah Clark, updated on: 03:35pm, December 4, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — New details have emerged regarding what happened in the hours that led up to the murder-suicide of Jovan Belcher and his live-in girlfriend, Kasandra ‘Kasi’ Perkins.
Police said across town, hours before the fatal shootings, someone called police to report a suspicious vehicle in the 700 block of E. Armour Boulevard. When police arrived they found a man sleeping in a black Bently outside an apartment complex. The officer knocked on the window and woke the man who identified himself as Jovan Belcher. According to police, Blecher told officers he was waiting for his girlfriend to return home. The officers asked Belcher to call her. Police said Belcher dialed a number using his cell phone and shortly after a woman appeared at the apartment complex door and let Blecher inside. Police said Belcher was cooperative and did not appear to be drunk so they left.
Witnesses at the building later told police that Belcher left the complex around 6:30 a.m. Less than 90 minutes later, police were called to Belcher’s home in the 5400 block of Crysler to investigate a reported shooting.
Police said around 7:45 a.m., Belcher shot Kasi Perkins, the mother of his infant daughter, multiple times inside their home on Crysler. It’s unclear how many times Perkins had been shot. Police said they’re waiting for autopsy results to determine the exact number as some of the bullets passed through Perkins’ body, leaving multiple wounds.
Police said after shooting Perkins he leaned down and kissed her on the forehead and then apologized to his mother who was home at the time. Belcher then drove to Arrowhead Stadium, where he briefly spoke with Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli, head coach Romeo Crennel and defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs in the parking lot.
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Detectives investigating the case said Belcher told Chiefs coaches, “I can’t go back. I killed her.” Before taking his own life, Belcher knelt down and made the sign of a cross over his chest.
Police said the gun used in the shooting death of Perkins was not the same gun that Belcher used on himself. Police said they have seized both guns and that both were legally registered.
Following the death of Kasi Perkins, Kansas City Mayor Sly James urges anyone who experiences domestic violence to seek help. In Kansas City, individuals may contact the Rose Brooks Center at 816.861.6100. You can also find them on Facebook.