Kansas City police are saying the Chiefs organization was trying to help Javon Belcher and Kasandra Perkins through their domestic issues, but before taking his own life on Saturday morning, Belcher told GM Scott Pioli that the counseling wasn’t working. According to 911 tapes released by police, Belcher shot Perkins three or four times. He then leaned over her and kissed her before saying sorry to his mother (who was in from New York visiting) and kissing his three month old daughter goodbye.
Listen to the 911 tapes.
Belcher than drove to the Chiefs training facility where he spoke with Pioli, where according to police Belcher said, “I did it. I killed her.”
“He probably realized he had done something and he couldn’t go back,” Police Sgt. Richard Sharp, told the Kansas City Star.
Team officials knew of the troubles the couple was having and was doing everything possible to help. In the end, it didn’t matter. Head coach Romeo Crennel even pleaded with Belcher, but to no avail. Belcher said “I have to do this,” before kneeling behind his vehicle, making the sign of the cross and firing a bullet into his head.
On Monday, Crennel spoke about Belcher and how he is holding up during the ordeal.
AUDIO Romeo Crennel (1:00)