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Old 12-08-2012, 10:44 PM   #2666
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11:18PM EST December 8. 2012 - At least a dozen members of the Kansas City Chiefs organization flew to Austin Saturday morning to attend a memorial service for Kasandra Perkins, the 22-year-old woman killed by Jovan Belcher, her Chiefs linebacker boyfriend, a week ago.

The Chiefs' contingent included at least 10 players, as well as team CEO Clark Hunt and general manager Scott Pioli. That group flew together from Austin to join the rest of the team in Cleveland Saturday evening. The Chiefs play the Browns on Sunday.

Linebacker Derrick Johnson and running back Jamaal Charles were among the players who attended the memorial service, the second such service for Perkins this week. Charles' wife, Whitney, was Perkins' first cousin, and Johnson's wife, Tamika, was a close friend.



The entire Chiefs team attended a service for Belcher in Kansas City earlier in the week, and some players may attend a later service in Long Island, N.Y. if their schedule permits.

But even after the burials are complete, players know they won't be done dealing with what happened a week ago, when Belcher fatally shot Perkins in their home and then killed himself in the parking lot of the team facility. Belcher's action left the couple's infant daughter, Zoey, an orphan.

"This isn't going to be just this season," Johnson told USA TODAY Sports on Friday. "This is going to linger. He is going to be missed, and Kasi is going to be missed for a long time."
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