Murder-Suicide Stuns Chiefs’ Players Neighborhood

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — People were coming and going Sunday from a house where a day before Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend before committing suicide in front of his coach and general manager.

    Police did not release any additional information Sunday about the murder-suicide. Belcher shot 22-year-old Kasandra M. Perkins multiple times Saturday morning before driving about five miles to Arrowhead Stadium, thanking general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel for all they’d done for him. Belcher then fatally shot himself in the practice facility’s parking lot.

    Belcher and Perkins, who originally was from Texas, had a 3-month-old daughter.

    On Sunday, a man who answered the door at the couple’s home asked reporters, “Can you all respect grieving?” A short time later, at the same time the Chiefs were playing the Carolina Panthers, two men loaded bags into a car, and two women drove away.

    Attempts to reach various members of Perkins’ family in Austin, Texas, were unsuccessful.

    Neighbors in the newly built Kansas City subdivision where the couple had lived since April were stunned by Saturday’s violent events.

    Kristen VanMeter, 31, lives near the couple and said she had taken community-college courses with Perkins.

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