Pastor Sylvarena Funderburke, who serves at Repairers of the Breach Christian Center in Kansas City, said she was at the service to sing “I Won’t Complain,” a song the Belcher family requested.
“It is an honor. We don’t always understand why things happen,” she said before the service. “That’s when you have to rely on your faith and just trust God to give you strength to make it through tough times.”
Karen Young, who belongs to the Landmark church and serves as an usher, said Belcher and Perkins went to the church “practically” every week until the baby was born but hadn’t been seen much since then.
Larry Brown, who also attends the Landmark church, said Belcher was “gentle” and “caring” and Perkins “a real nice person.”
“I believed that they were made for each other,” said Brown, whose brother is the church’s leader, Bishop John L. Brown. “They didn’t appear to be the type of people who just put on facades. They were very happy. She was very genuine. Every time I saw them, they were always laughing.”
The barber shop where Belcher was a regular is in the same strip mall where the church is located. Barber Lee Garron walked over to the memorial service to pay his respects.
“He was a good person,” Garron said. “He was. He was like anyone else. You don’t know what they are thinking or what is going on in their head. It’s like you or me. You just never know.”
Belcher’s Chiefs locker remained full of his equipment and personal belongings Wednesday as players quickly showered and dressed in suits for the service. Some said they avoided looking at the linebacker’s locker, while others were fine with seeing their teammate’s things as he left them.
“I don’t have a problem seeing Javon’s locker over there,” defensive back Travis Daniels said.
He said it was important for the team to support the families of everyone involved.
“We’re definitely thankful we have the opportunity to see them one last time before they go home and everything,” Daniels said ahead of the service, referring to relatives who traveled from out of town to attend. “We definitely want to go and pay respects to him and his family.”