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Police: Belcher shot himself behind vehicle

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Jovan Belcher (NFL/Chiefs photo) Jovan Belcher (NFL/Chiefs photo)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -

Kansas City police say Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher moved behind a vehicle and shot himself in the team parking lot after he saw police arrive.

Police say Belcher shot and killed his 22-year-old girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, at their Kansas City home Saturday before driving to Arrowhead Stadium, where Belcher committed suicide in the practice facility's parking lot.

A police incident report released Monday says police arrived at the couple's home about 7:50 a.m. and found Perkins on the floor of the master bathroom, dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

The report says officers arrived 10 minutes later at Arrowhead Stadium, and when Belcher saw police, he moved behind a vehicle and shot himself in the head.

Police also said that firearms found at Belcher's home were legally registered.

Girlfriend's family breaks silence

The family of the woman shot and killed by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher this weekend says they are broken-hearted.

Police say Belcher shot and killed his 22-year-old girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, at their Kansas City home Saturday before driving to Arrowhead Stadium, where Belcher committed suicide in the practice facility's parking lot.

The Perkins family issued an emailed statement Monday saying they've appreciated the "outpouring of love and support" and asked for privacy "during this difficult time." The family also asked that people keep the Belcher family in their prayers.

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles and his wife, Whitney, released a separate statement Monday, confirming that Perkins and Whitney Charles are cousins.

Their statement said Perkins "was not only family, but a friend and a loving mother."

Belcher's family: We're praying for Perkins family

The family of Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who shot and killed his girlfriend before killing himself, says they're having difficulty dealing with the "inconceivable tragedy."

Police say Belcher killed 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins at their Kansas City home Saturday before driving to Arrowhead Stadium, where he committed suicide in the practice facility's parking lot.

One of Belcher's cousins, Yamiesse Lawrence, read a statement outside Belcher's boyhood home in West Babylon, N.Y., on Monday, saying words can't express the sorrow the family feels.

Lawrence said the family is "overwhelmed with both sadness and confusion," and extends thoughts and prayers to the Perkins family.

Belcher's niece, Quaresha Boston, said the football player "embraced life and excelled at all he put his energy behind" and that God alone could "mend our hearts."

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