Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher spent part of the night at a woman’s apartment and stayed until 6:30 a.m. Saturday before going home, killing his longtime girlfriend and later himself, Kansas City police said Tuesday.
By CHRISTINE VENDEL
The Kansas City Star
Police officers had contact with Belcher outside of the woman’s apartment building about 2:50 a.m. Saturday after someone called 911 to report a suspicious car that had been in the parking lot for about two hours with its lights on.
Officers arrived at the building in the 700 block of Armour Boulevard, found the car, a black Bentley with temporary tags, and saw a man sleeping in the driver’s seat. The officers knocked on the window, woke the man — later identified as Belcher — and asked him what he was doing. He told officers he was waiting for his girlfriend who lived in the building, said police spokesman Darin Snapp.
The officers asked Belcher to call his girlfriend and Belcher made a call from his cell phone, Snapp said. A short time later, a woman opened the apartment building door and let Belcher inside. The woman waved at police, who left because Belcher had no outstanding warrants and had committed no crimes. Belcher was very cooperative and may have consumed some alcohol but did not appear inebriated, Snapp said.
A woman who lives at the apartment building confirmed to The Star that Belcher had stayed at her apartment, on a couch. She said the woman that Belcher was trying to visit, Brittni Glass, was asleep. That’s why Belcher couldn’t reach Glass, the woman said.
The woman, who didn’t provide her name, said neither she nor Glass let Belcher into the building. She said a resident who had been outside smoking a cigarette let Belcher inside because “they knew him and knew it was OK to let him inside.”
The woman said Glass and Belcher were just friends.
“This has been a hard time for everyone,” she said.
Glass told The Star: “I feel like this whole thing has been blown out of proportion.” She declined further comment.
Her attorney, Cline Boone, said Glass has been “harassed” for the past two days by reporters, including some who are camped out in her parking lot, and she “just wants to be left alone.”
“She’s sorry for the deceased in this incident, and she wants their families to be able to grieve,” he said.
Snapp said two women verified to detectives that Belcher stayed at the apartment until 6:30 a.m., when they woke him. The women told police that Belcher had asked them to wake him so he would not be late for a team meeting later that morning.
Belcher, 25, apparently left their apartment and drove to the 5400 block of Crysler Avenue, where he shared a home with his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, 22, and their 3-month-old daughter.
The couple had a confrontation after he arrived home. His mother, who was staying with the couple, heard yelling and gunshots. Perkins was shot nine times, according to sources close to the investigation.
Belcher then drove to the Chiefs’ practice facility near Arrowhead Stadium, where he talked to general manager Scott Pioli, head coach Romeo Crennel and linebackers coach Gary Gibbs before shooting himself once in the head.
Police revealed Tuesday that two handguns were used in the killings: one gun at the home and another at the stadium parking lot.
Belcher bought both guns locally, police said. He purchased one in 2010 and one in 2011.
Sports Illustrated on Tuesday reported a text-message exchange Friday between Belcher and Reggie Paramoure, who played defense with Belcher at the University of Maine. Belcher wrote: “everything good bro, baby momma crazy but I have a little girl almost 3 month man and she’s a blessing, she makes me smile on the worst day.”
According to SI, Paramoure responded to the text by jokingly suggesting Belcher should have a gun ready to keep future boyfriends away from his daughter.
Belcher replied: “Yea man I got about 8 guns now, from hand Gunz to assault rifles for her little bf’s.”
Police declined to answer specific questions Tuesday about the killings. They said they were close to finishing their investigation and planned to send it to prosecutors for review.
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