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25-year old Jovan Belcher, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, committed suicide today in front of his coaches and police officers outside the team's stadium, shortly after he fatally shot his girlfriend, police said.
Belcher, a fourth year player out of Maine reportedly shot his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins multiple times Saturday morning around 9 a.m. Perkins' mother called the police.
"The individual that called, the mother of the victim, stated that her daughter's boyfriend is the one who shot her and he is a Chiefs player," Kansas City Police spokesman Darin Snapp told ABC News Radio.
Perkins was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Belcher then drove to drove to Arrowhead Stadium where he spoke to Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel outside of the practice facility. Belcher thanked them for all they had done for him then shot himself in the head as police arrived.
"When the officers arrived, when they were pulling up, they actually observed a black male who had a gun to his head and he was talking to a couple of coaches out in the parking lot," Snapp said. "As officers pulled up, and began to park, that's when they heard the gunshot and it appears the individual took his own life."
Crennel and Pioli told police they never felt threatened by Belcher.
"They said the player was actually thanking them for everything they'd done for him," Snapp said. "They were just talking to him and he was thanking them and everything. That's when he walked away and shot himself."
Perkins and Belcher had a three-month old daughter together.
Some Chiefs player took to Twitter to express their shock over what happened.
The Chiefs released a statement: “We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning. We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.”
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