We are extremely saddened by the news of Jovan Belcher’s murder-suicide.
The twenty-five year old linebacker is said to have been suffering from extreme depression and stress, and was also found to be under the influence of alcohol. While we sympathize with him, and mourn the loss of a promising young man, we believe the true victims are his girlfriend and the mother of his daughter, Kasandra Michelle Perkins, and his mother, Cheryl Shepherd, who witnessed this horrific crime; And, of course, his baby daughter, who will have to live her life with this appalling incident in her past.
Belcher shot his twenty-two year old girlfriend nine times before leaning down to kiss her forehead and apologizing to her. He then kissed his three-month old daughter goodbye and left the house. His mother frantically called 911 to ask for medical help for Kasandra.