Shooting at Arrowhead: Jovan Belcher dead after murder-suicide

Police have confirmed Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend, drove to the Chiefs facility and shot himself on Saturday morning.

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Authorities release Jovan Belcher 911 tapes

Authorities have released the 911 audio from the Jovan Belcher shooting.


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New details emerge in Belcher tragedy

The Kansas City Star has more details on how Saturday's tragic events came about.


Searching for answers

The family releases a statement after Saturday's tragic events.


Kasandra Perkins' family speaks out

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Playing on in Kansas City

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Not just another day at Arrowhead

Chiefs fans at Arrowhead Stadium are trying to make this a normal day after Saturday's tragedy, even though it's anything but.


Chiefs plan moment of silence

In light of the death of Jovan Belcher and Kasandra Perkins, the Kansas City Chiefs will hold a moment of silence for the victims of domestic violence and their families prior to Sunday's game.


Brady Quinn describes somber scene at Arrowhead

Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn shared the somber scene at Arrowhead Stadium Saturday morning when he and his teammates learned of linebacker Jovan Belcher's death.


Jovan Belcher's agent shocked by his actions

Joe Linta would never take on a client that he didn't regard with high esteem, and that's how he saw Belcher.


NFLPA staying in touch with Chiefs players

The NFLPA released a statement Saturday afternoon offering its condolences to those affected by the shooting at Arrowhead Stadium.


The other Jovan Belcher

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Chiefs will play on Sunday

The Kansas City Chiefs announced that their Sunday game against the Panthers will be played at 1 p.m. as planned.


Kasandra Perkins named as victim of shooting

The Kansas City Police Department named Kasandra Perkins as the victim killed by her boyfriend, Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher Saturday morning. The victim is 22 years old, according to KCPD. Belcher and Perkins reportedly were involved in an argument Saturday morning before he shot his girlfriend several times. Perkins was rushed to the hospital, but pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

Shortly after the shooting at the couple's residence, Belcher drove to the Chiefs' nearby facility at Arrowhead Stadium. There, he took his own life in the players parking lot.

Perkins and Belcher had been dating for a few years and had a 3-month-old daughter together. The daughter is confirmed as safe and in the custody of her grandmother. Both reportedly witnessed the shooting at the residence.


NFL issues statement on Jovan Belcher tragedy

The NFL has issued a brief statement on the murder-suicide tragedy involving Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. The league stated that it has been in contact with the Chiefs organization, and that it will provide assistance via the league's professional counselors. The statement, via Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Chiefs and the families and friends of those who lost their lives in this terrible tragedy. We connected the Chiefs with our professional counselors to support both the team and the families. We'll continue to provide assistance."

The league and the Chiefs have been in constant contact throughout the day about potentially delaying or re-scheduling Sunday's game against the Panthers. The Week 13 game is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. ET at Arrowhead Stadium.


Jovan Belcher's daughter safe with her grandmother

Kansas City Police confirmed to USA Today that the 3-month-old daughter of Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend is safe and in the custody of her grandmother. Both were reportedly in the residence when Belcher shot his girlfriend several times, killing her.

A KCPD spokesman said that the grandmother met police outside as they arrived on scene, telling them that a woman had just been shot. KC police captain David Lindaman told the Kansas City Star that Belcher's mom was visiting from New York, and she witnessed the shooting. She now has custody of her granddaughter as police continue to investigate the tragedy.

After the shooting at the residence, Belcher then drove to the nearby Chiefs facility at Arrowhead Stadium, where he took his own life.


The scene at Arrowhead

Arrowhead Stadium was the scene of a tragedy early Saturday morning.


Chiefs, Clark Hunt release statement on tragedy

The Kansas City Chiefs have released an updated statement on the murder-suicide tragedy involving linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend. The statement, released by the team's PR staff, is attributed to CEO and Chairman Clark Hunt:

"The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddened by today's events, and our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the families and friends affected by this unthinkable tragedy. We sincerely appreciate the expressions of sympathy and support we have received from so many in the Kansas City and NFL communities, and ask for continued prayers for the loved ones of those impacted."

We will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities and work to ensure that the appropriate counseling resources are available to all members of the organization."


No current plans to delay Chiefs-Panthers game

The NFL currently has no plans to delay or postpone Sunday's Week 13 game between the Chiefs and Panthers at Arrowhead Stadium. The status of the game was put in doubt after Saturday morning's tragedy involving the murder-suicide of Jovan Belcher. The Chiefs linebacker took his own life at the team's facility. A little more than 24 hours later, the team is scheduled to play the Panthers at Arrowhead.

As of early Saturday afternoon, the NFL is still planning to play the game as scheduled at 1 p.m. ET, according to FOX's Jay Glazer:

The possibility of the game being delayed has certainly not been foreclosed, however, as the Chiefs and the league continue to be in contact about the best course of action, via Glazer:


NFL teams express condolences to Chiefs

The entire NFL was rocked Saturday morning when news surfaced of the murder-suicide tragedy involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. Players around the league, including Belcher's Chiefs teammates, expressed their condolences on Twitter. NFL teams are also issuing brief statements of condolence through their Twitter accounts. From the Falcons:

From 49ers CEO Jed York:

And from two of the Chiefs AFC West divisional rivals:


KC mayor: Chiefs discuss playing Sunday's game

Kansas City mayor Sly James has been in contact with the Chiefs organization regarding the murder-suicide of Jovan Belcher. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! relays that the team's initial thought is that their Week 13 game against the Panthers should be played on Sunday. Via Passan:

Passan also tweeted that the mayor had spoken to Chiefs GM Scott Pioli, who is expectedly emotional about the terrible events of Saturday morning.

Reports indicate that Pioli, along with head coach Romeo Crennel, met with Belcher in the team's parking lot as the linebacker held a gun to his head. The parties apparently had a brief interaction before Belcher took his own life as the police appeared on scene at the Chiefs facilities.


Eric Winston: 'It's all very sad'

As the Kansas City Chiefs' staff deals with the decisions and emotions of today's news involving Jovan Belcher in a murder-suicide, the players are dealing with much of the same. Eric Winston told USA Today that the team is coming together to try to sort out the details and reality of what happened.

"It's just all very sad. There's rumors going around. But I don't really know. We're still finding out," Winston said. "We were all just shuttled out of there pretty fast. Like a lot of guys, I'm still trying to talk to a lot of the guys.''


Chiefs ask for prayer, support

The Kansas City Chiefs are left with a lot of swirling emotions and complex decisions in the wake of Jovan Belcher's involvement in a murder-suicide on Saturday morning. Many of the Belcher's former teammates took to Twitter to discuss their longing for prayer and support:


NFLPA contacts players after Jovan Belcher tragedy

The NFLPA's George Atallah took to Twitter to provide a brief statement on the terrible murder-suicide tragedy involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. The tragedy has obviously rocked the entire NFL, and Atallah tweeted that the union has been in contact with its players:

As of early Saturday afternoon, there had been no word from the NFL about canceling Sunday's game in Kansas City between the Chiefs and Panthers.


Chiefs 'shocked' at Belcher news

The Kansas City Chiefs and the rest of the NFL are alarmed this morning with the now-confirmed news that Jovan Belcher was involved in a murder-suicide, taking the life of his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself at Arrowhead Stadium.

While any such event would be shocking, the Chiefs' linebacker has no history of trouble with the law or even with the team.

Belcher was 25-years-old at the time of his death.


Chiefs struggle to find structure

The Chiefs staff and front office try to find structure after the chaos of the morning.


KCPD spokesman details shooting at Arrowhead

Video of KCPD spokesman Darin Snapp providing details of the tragedy surrounding Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide Saturday morning.


Jovan Belcher confirmed dead

The Chiefs linebacker reportedly shot his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself at Arrowhead Stadium.


More details about Arrowhead shooting

This is just unbelievably sad and incredibly awful.

Nothing else to say about it. Thoughts and prayers to the Chiefs.


Panthers-Chiefs game still on for now

The two teams are scheduled to play on Sunday at noon.

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