Jovan Belcher, the late Kansas City Chiefs linebacker who murdered his live-in girlfriend before killing himself, sent a text message to his second girlfriend saying he “would shoot” Kasandra Perkins, just months before doing so, according to the police report obtained by the Kansas City Star.
“If she didn’t leave him alone,” Belcher’s text message said he would shoot Perkins, 22, the mother of his three-month-old daughter, according to the newspaper. The 22-year-old woman, who has remained unidentified, said she thought Belcher was joking, according to the police report.
According to the Star, Belcher told the other woman in a text that Perkins “knew exactly how to press his buttons and make him angry.” He also told the woman that Perkins “threatened to take all his money and his child if they split up.”
Belcher, 25, shot Perkins 15 times – a new revelation — on Dec. 1, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium, where he shot himself in the head. Different guns were used to kill Perkins and himself.
Cheryl Shepherd, Belcher’s mother who made the 911 call, said she had moved in with the couple two weeks before their deaths because they were having “relationship problems due to financial issues associated with Perkins’ spending habits,” according to the police report.
Shepherd also said that the argument that preceded Perkins’ killing “was in regard to one or both of them going out as in to a club or partying.”
Police found 10 apparent gunshot wounds in the front of Perkins’ body and five in her back. According to the report, the medical examiner found four bullets remaining in her body. Police said in the report that they found a bullet hole in the floor under Perkins’ body that went through to the basement, a potential indication that the victim was on the floor when she was shot.
Shepherd said, according to police, that she heard a thump before the gunshots.
At Arrowhead Stadium, Belcher was met by general manager Scott Pioli, and Belcher asked for coach Romeo Crennel and defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs. They said they never believed they were in danger, and that Belcher thanked them for all they’d done for him. As police arrived, Belcher slipped behind a car and put a gun to his head.
The newspaper reported that Crennel pleaded with Belcher, yelling, “You’re taking the easy way out!” before Belcher killed himself.