Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher texted a secret girlfriend several weeks ago, claiming that he "would shoot" Kasandra Perkins "if she didn't leave him alone," according to police reports obtained by the Kansas City Star and Newsday.
Not only do the details contained in the police report, which formally rules the deaths a murder-suicide, shed more light on the violent final moments of the lives of the 25-year-old Belcher and 22-year-old Perkins, but they offer a glimpse of the relationship discord that preceded this tragic murder-suicide. Police had previously revealed that the couple had been arguing on the morning of the murder-suicide and that the Chiefs had provided relationship counseling.
According to the police report, Belcher told his other girlfriend that Perkins had "threatened to take all his money and his child if they split up."
A friend of Perkins, Brianne York, had previously told The Associated Press that Belcher and Perkins had argued about "normal couple stuff" but that she "would never have thought that this would be how it ended."
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (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 (http://bit.ly/V57Kip) 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 a 3-month-old daughter.
Belcher also told his girlfriend that Perkins had "threatened to take all his money and his child if they split up."
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