After Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend nine times and fled his house Saturday, his frantic mother pleaded with 911 dispatchers for help and shouted at the dying girlfriend to “Stay with me!”
By CHRISTINE VENDEL
The Kansas City Star
Meanwhile, the couple’s infant daughter was crying hysterically, causing his mother to eventually abandon the 911 call to tend to the 3-month-old.
Those details and more were recorded on 911 tapes that the Kansas City Fire Department released Wednesday in connection with the murder of Kasandra Perkins, 22, and the suicide of Belcher, 25, later near Arrowhead Stadium.
The 911 call began at 7:52 a.m., placed by Belcher’s mother, Cheryl Shepherd, who had been staying with the couple to help them resolve relationship issues and care for the baby.
“Oh my God. Oh my God. Kasi!” Shepherd screams. “The baby is crying. ... Please get the ambulance here!”
“OK, we’re on the way,” the dispatcher says. “We’ve been on the way the whole time. How old is the patient?"
“Is she breathing?”
“She’s still breathing but barely,” Shepherd says. “Please hurry. I don’t know how many times he shot her. They were arguing ... ”
“OK, so she’s been shot?” the dispatcher asks.
Moments later Shepherd seems to direct her shouts to the wounded woman.
“The ambulance is on the way. You hear me? Kasandra! Hey! Stay with me!”
“Listen ma’am,” the dispatcher says. “Is she awake?”
“She’s barely — she’s just barely moving. Yeah. She is moving when I talk to her.”
“OK,” the dispatcher says.
“Oh, God,” Shepherd says.
“Is she bleeding?” the dispatcher asks.
“Yes, she is,” Shepherd replies.
The dispatcher asks where the wounds are located.
“I can’t tell. In the back or — something.”
“Where is your son at?” a dispatcher asks.
Shepherd makes a final plea for the ambulance to hurry.
“I have to get the baby,” she says, apparently setting down the phone.
“What’s your son’s name?” the dispatcher asks.
No one answers. “What kind of car did your son leave in? Or is he on foot?” the dispatchers asks, then realizes no one is on the line.
“Sounds like she disconnected,” the dispatcher said.
“I wanted to give her some bleeding-control advice,” another dispatcher says. “Ma’am are you there? Hello ma’am?”
Police arrived just before 8 a.m. and secured the scene. The ambulance arrived at 8:04 a.m., according to fire dispatch notes released Wednesday.
Kansas City police on Wednesday also released dispatch notes that detailed officers’ activity at the crime scene in the 5400 block of Crysler Avenue and at Arrowhead Stadium after Belcher showed up with a gun. A 911 caller said a person with an unknown weapon was confronting staff members in the parking lot at 8:02 a.m., according to the notes.
At 8:08 a.m., police note that the practice facility is “locked down.”
Three minutes later, the dispatcher notes that the “suspect has a gun to his head and is down on his knees. Twenty-five seconds later, dispatcher notes: “Shots fired. Party down.”
Within a half-minute, an officer notes that the party was “confirmed dead,” because of extreme injuries.
The fire department also released a dispatch tape Wednesday that recorded the police dispatcher asking for an ambulance for Belcher.
“They think the party’s dead,” the dispatcher says. “It’s a self-inflicted shooting. They say it’s a done deal. They’ve got a player that shot himself.”
Police shut down the stadium and refused to allow anyone in to the parking lot.
At 8:25 a.m., a paramedic examines Belcher and finds “signs of life,” according to the dispatch notes. Belcher is transported to a hospital.
Ten minutes later, police are instructed to tell players arriving for a 9:30 a.m. team meeting to go home.
Belcher is confirmed dead by a doctor at the hospital at 8:52 a.m.
The orphaned baby, Zoey, is in the care of Shepherd, 56, who told The Associated Press on Wednesday that she still loves her son and that she considered Perkins “just like my daughter.”
“She was a lovely, beautiful young woman. And we had a beautiful relationship,” said Shepherd, who added that she had trouble eating and sleeping while working on her son’s funeral arrangements.
Zoey’s estate or guardian will receive more than $1 million under terms of the NFL’s collective-bargaining agreement.
She stands to receive $108,000 annually over the next four years, $48,000 in the fifth year and then $52,000 each year until age 18. She’ll continue to receive that amount until age 23 if she attends college.
The beneficiary of Belcher, who was in his fourth season, also will receive $600,000 in life insurance, plus $200,000 for each credited season. There is also $100,000 in a retirement account that will go to his beneficiary or estate.
Players’ beneficiaries are kept confidential.
The current collective bargaining agreement was ratified in August 2011.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. To reach Christine Vendel, call 816-234-4438 or send email to email@example.com.