Families of Kassandra Perkins and Jamaal Charles release a statement on the tragedy

Jamie Squire

The victim's family, as well as Jamaal Charles' family, speak on Saturday's tragedy.

The family of Kasandra Perkins, who was shot and killed by Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher in a murder-suicide, released a statement on Monday, according to KMBC.

"On behalf of the Perkins Family, we appreciate the outpouring of love and concern for our Kassandra "Kasi" Perkins. Our hearts are truly broken for Kasi was a beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, mother, cousin and friend. At this time we request the media respect our privacy during this difficult time as we grieve for our loved one. Please keep us in your hearts and prayers as well as the Belcher family for two lives were lost. Again we thank you for your support, our wish is for Kasi to be remembered for the love she shared with us all. Kasi will be truly missed!"

The wife of Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was the cousin of Kasandra. The Charles family also released a statement on Monday.

"Our family has suffered a personal tragic loss. Kassandra Perkins was in-fact first cousin to my wife, Whitney. As this is a very tough time for our family, I ask that we are respected as we grieve. Kassandra was not only family, but a friend and a loving mother. As my actual family and my Kansas City Chiefs family have been altered forever, we ask that you keep us and most importantly their child in prayer."

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