Former Maine football linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend, 22 year old Kassandra M. Perkins this morning according to police. The now Kansas City Chief then drove to Arrowhead Stadium, thanked Coach Romeo Crennel and GM Scott Pioli before killing himself in the parking lot. The couple has an infant child. It's unclear at this time what caused Belcher to take such tragic actions, although police say Belcher's mother says the two had been fighting.
A statement released today from the University is below:
Jovan Belcher of West Babylon, N.Y., attended the University of Maine from 2005-2008 and was a linebacker through the 2008 football season, when he was one of two senior co-captains.
He graduated from UMaine in December 2008 with a bachelor s degree in child development and family relations.
In his senior year, Belcher was named the 2008 CAA Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and named to the Preseason All-CAA Team. In his UMaine career, Belcher played 44 games. His stats include 293 tackles, 44.0 tackles for loss and 18.0 sacks.
UMaine Head Football Coach Jack Cosgrove says Jovan was a tremendous student-athlete.
His move to the NFL was in keeping with his dreams, says Cosgrove. This is an indescribably horrible tragedy. At this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with Jovan, Kasandra and their families.