KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CBS St. Louis/AP) — Authorities have completed their investigation into the deaths of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his 22-year-old girlfriend, formally ruling them a murder-suicide.
The Kansas City Star reported Tuesday that Jackson County prosecutors closed the case Friday.
Newly released police reports show Belcher sent a text message to a girlfriend several weeks before he killed Kasandra Perkins on Dec. 1. Afterward, he drove to the team’s practice site and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager.
In the text, he wrote he “would shoot” Perkins “if she didn’t leave him alone.” Belcher and Perkins were the parents of their 3-month-old daughter Zoey. The unnamed girlfriend thought Perkins was joking at the time.
Belcher also told his girlfriend that Perkins had “threatened to take all his money and his child if they split up.”
Chiefs players and staff attended a memorial service for Belcher in Kansas City last week. His locker at their practice facility had been left intact after his death — his helmet, pads, laundry and shoes still sitting there the way he left them. As the Chiefs returned from an off day Wednesday, it had finally been cleaned out.
On a Saturday morning, the day before the team’s game against the Carolina Panthers, Belcher shot the 22-year-old Perkins multiple times at their home. Police said Belcher and Perkins previously had been arguing.
Belcher then drove to Arrowhead Stadium, where he thanked coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli for all they’d done for him. As police arrived, Belcher slipped behind a car and put the gun to his head.
His path to becoming an NFL starter had been an unlikely one. Belcher did not play in college football’s top division, and he wasn’t drafted. But he made the Chiefs, becoming a full-time starter in 2010.
Belcher was buried near his hometown on Long Island last Wednesday.
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