Inside linebacker Jovan Belcher #59 of the Kansas City Chiefs watches from the sidelines during his final game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.(Photo: Jamie Squire, Getty Images)
The Kansas City Star is reporting some revealing details in the Jovan Belcher tragedy.
According to the newspaper report,
police said the Kansas City Chiefs were providing counseling to both
Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins as their relationship
struggled with continued arguments.
The Star, citing multiple police sources, also revealed that
Belcher leaned over, said he was sorry, and kissed Perkins just seconds
after fatally shooting her in the couple's master bathroom.
then apologized to his mother, who reacted to the gunfire, and kissed
his 3-month-old daughter goodbye before leaving his home and driving to
the Chiefs facility where he'd eventually take his own life.
Belcher's mother, Cheryl Shepherd, was visiting from New York and staying at Belcher's home. The Star's report says
Shepherd heard her son scream, "You can't talk to me like that!" just
before 8 a.m. Shepherd denied an interview when she was reached by USA TODAY Sports' Jim Corbett on Sunday.
Belcher shot himself in the head after talking with Chiefs general
manager Scott Pioli, head coach Romeo Crennel and an assistant coach in
the parking lot, he said the following via The Star's report:
"I did it," he said, according to police. "I killed her."
Police Sgt. Richard Sharp is cited in The Star,
saying that the Chiefs knew about the couple's problems and were
"bending over backward" trying to help by provided counseling.
also believed that as Belcher was driving to Arrowhead Stadium, the
reality that he shot Perkins must have begun to sink in and "he probably
realized he had done something and he couldn't go back."
said Pioli tried to persuade Belcher to put the weapon down to which
Belcher responded by thanking Pioli and asking if he and (Chiefs
chairman and CEO) Clark Hunt could take care of his daughter.
When Crennel and assistant coach Gary Gibbs arrived in the parking lot, Crennel also tried to stop Belcher.
"I was trying to get him to understand that life is not over," Crennel told The Star. "He still has a chance and let's get this worked out.''
When police were close to arriving, The Star reports that
Belcher took a few steps back, pointed the gun at his head and his last
words were: "I got to go. I can't be here." He then knelt behind a
vehicle and made the sign of the cross.
Sharp believed Belcher's suicide was directly related to killing Perkins
"He cared about her," Sharp said. "I don't think he could live with himself."