Belcher Apologized, Kissed Girlfriend as She Lay Dying

Asked team officials to take care of his daughter
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2012 9:32 AM CST
Belcher Apologized, Kissed Girlfriend as She Lay Dying
In this Sept. 30, 2012 file photo, linebacker Jovan Belcher gestures at the line of scrimmage during a game against the San Diego Chargers in Kansas City, Mo.   (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)

As Kasandra Perkins lay mortally wounded on their bed, Jovan Belcher apologized to her and kissed her forehead as his mother rushed into the room, having heard the gunfire just after 8am that fateful morning, police tell the Kansas City Star. Belcher then told his mother he was sorry, kissed his daughter, and fled the house in his Bentley. Just before the gunfire, Belcher's mother heard her son say something like, "You can’t talk to me like that!" from the upstairs bedroom; she had been visiting from New York to help the feuding couple.

Belcher made the five-mile drive to Arrowhead Stadium, during which "he probably realized he had done something and he couldn’t go back," a police officer says. As he climbed out of his car in front of Chiefs' GM Scott Pioli, he pointed a gun at his head, saying "I did it. I killed her." As other team officials came on the scene, he asked Pioli to take care of his daughter, saying, "Guys, I have to do this." "I was trying to get him to understand that life is not over," says Coach Romeo Crennel, who came upon the scene. But with sirens closing in, Belcher told the Chiefs' staff, "I got to go. I can't be here." He then knelt behind a vehicle, made the sign of the cross across his chest, and shot himself in the head. Click for more on the investigation. (More Jovan Belcher stories.)

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