“He was kind of quiet,” she said of Belcher, with whom she would occasionally exchange pleasantries.
VanMeter said the couple threw “a lot of parties” but heard nothing unusual the morning of the killing.
“It’s a surprise,” she said. “There had to of been something that triggered it.”
Kansas City police spokesman Darin Snapp reiterated Sunday that the couple had argued recently but could provide no additional details.
Belcher’s mother, who recently had moved in with the couple, called 911 after her son shot Perkins. Snapp said 911 tapes aren’t public records in Missouri.
He declined to discuss whether autopsies were being conducted.
Shawn Martin, vice president of the neighborhood homeowner’s association, said she wasn’t aware of any problems that preceded the shooting.
She described the parties at the home Belcher and Perkins shared as “nothing more than any other young couple” would have.