Exclusive: Police reports detail Belcher, Perkins' last hours

Police say the Chiefs were providing counseling to linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins. But before taking his own life Saturday outside the team’s practice facility, Belcher, who had killed Perkins earlier in their home, said the counseling wasn’t enough to fix their problems.

Friends of Kasandra Perkins 'don’t want her to be overshadowed'

Ten days before her longtime boyfriend killed her, Kasandra Perkins told a close friend life was good. She and Jovan Belcher, a Kansas City chiefs linebacker, had their rocky times in the past. Yet things had gotten better. That’s why the news of what happened Saturday morning inside the couple’s home in the 5400 block of Crysler has hit close friends so hard.

Tragedy and trauma land hardest on innocent child

“An infant girl wakes up this morning without parents, both dead, dad killing mom and then turning the gun on himself,” The Star’s Sam Mellinger writes of the murder-suicide in which Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his longtime girlfriend Kasandra Perkins then himself. “There are no answers. None that make sense, anyway.”

Football takes a back seat for Chiefs fans following tragedy

For one somber day, a bad football team meant little to Kansas City. A tragedy meant more. A rattled community reacted with shock and disbelief, and some responded with a new perspective on professional athletes Saturday after Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, before killing himself in the Arrowhead Stadium parking lot.