Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher shot dead his girlfriend and then killed himself after she told him he was NOT the father of her baby
By Rachel Quigley
PUBLISHED:08:31 EST, 14 December 2012| UPDATED: 10:23 EST, 14 December 2012
Kansas City Chief's player Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend dead before shooting himself because she told him he was not the father of their baby daughter, it was revealed today.
The Long Island mother of the player Cheryl Shepherd said the couple argued over the paternity of their three-month-old daughter right before the murder suicide at her son's home in Missouri.
Mrs Shepherd was in the home when her son shot Kasandra Perkins, 22, nine times before fleeing. He is believed to have kissed her dying body and their baby daughter goodbye before he left.
Tragic: Belcher is seen here with his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, 22, and their baby daughter Zoey. Belcher and Perkins argued about the baby's paternity before he shot her
Troubled: The murder-suicide has sparked debate in the NFL about gun ownership and the personal struggles of players
A source told the New York Post: 'The mother believed that there was an issue over whether [Belcher] was the father. She said he believed he wasn’t necessarily the father of the child.'
A Kansas City law-enforcement source confirmed: 'She told police there was a question about the paternity.'
It is unclear if the paternity issue was the reason why the rocky relationship ended in such a violent and tragic way.
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The source added: 'The implication was that paternity was what the two of them were fighting about — that the baby might not have been his.'
The couple had been receiving counseling for relationship and financial problems, police said.
A spokeswoman said she would not comment on the doubts raised over baby Zoey's paternity.
Paying respects: Hundreds of mourners memorialized Jovan Belcher at his funeral Wednesday - despite his murdering the mother of his child before committing suicide
Memorial: Jovan Belcher was eulogized as a 'humble, kind young man' by his mother as his family and friends grappled with the horror of what he did
According to the New York Post, she is set to receive more than $1million over the years until she reaches 18. It is not clear if this was based on the results of a pregnancy test.
Belcher’s beneficiary will also get $600,000 in life insurance, a $100,000 retirement account and $200,000 for each of the four seasons played.
A Kansas City police spokeswoman said the baby's paternity wouldn’t be part of the department’s murder-suicide probe.
'That would not be something they’re going to investigate,' said Sgt Marisa Barnes. 'It’s a "he-said, she-said" so there’s no way to investigate. It would be nothing more than a civil matter.'
Belcher was memorialized as a 'humble, kind young man' at his funeral on Wednesday - despite the brutal murder of the mother of his child and shooting himself in front of his coaches.
NFL PLAYERS HANDING OVER THEIR GUN AFTER BELCHER SHOOTING
At least seven NFL players have turned over their weapons in the wake of the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide, according to Sports Illustrated reporter Peter King.
The players have handed their guns over to their teams' security officers to dispose of them.
One player gave up multiple firearms and told team officials he didn't trust himself with them.
The horrific murder suicide has shaken the NFL and begun a discussion of gun ownership and mental health issues.
At least seven players have given up their guns - handing them over to the security personnel for their teams, Sports Illustrated reports.
Several hundred mourners gathered for the NFL linebacker's funeral near his hometown on Long Island, New York.
At Upper Room Christian Church on Wednesday, relatives wore black - and red, the Chiefs' color. Pastor Dawn Mixon shared that Belcher's mother, Cheryl Shepherd, described him as a 'humble, kind young man.'
He had a soft spot for children and loved cartoons, she said.
'We may not understand the reasons why we are here or understand what caused this tragedy,' Pastor Mixon said.
At a celebration of Belcher's life, there were hints of the way it ended. A photo slide show played on a large screen above the stage, with images from Belcher's childhood through his football careers at nearby West Babylon High School and the University of Maine.
The funeral was at Upper Room Christian Church in Dix Hills, New York, near his hometown on Long Island
Then appeared the words 'In loving memory of' Belcher and Kasandra Perkins, the mother of his 3-month-old daughter Zoey.
After a series of pictures of Perkins and baby Zoey came the message, 'Keep this little girl in your prayers.'
'The legacy we pass on to her will be good,' said his uncle, Davin Miles.
Next to an open casket were collages of photos and mementos from Belcher's playing career. An array of flowers spelled out W.B. for his high school.
Belcher then drove to Arrowhead Stadium, where he thanked coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli for all they'd done for him. As police arrived, Belcher slipped behind a car and put the gun to his head.
His path to becoming an NFL starter had been an unlikely one. Belcher did not play in college football's top division, and he wasn't drafted. But he made the Chiefs, becoming a full-time starter in 2010.
Bishop Stephanie Green described Belcher as 'a man who did some awesome things - while other