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Jovan Belcher's Family

'We're Overwhelmed with Sadness & Confusion'

12/3/2012 11:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Jovan Belcher's family tells TMZ ... they are desperately trying to understand why the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker snapped this weekend ... and are praying for the family of the woman he killed. 
 
As we previously reported, Belcher shot himself at the Chiefs facility in KC early Saturday morning after murdering Kasandra Perkins -- the mother of his newborn baby daughter.

Now, Belcher's family has issued a statement to TMZ ... saying, "As a family, no words can express the sorrow we feel over the loss of Jovan and Kasandra."

"The impact that this inconceivable tragedy has had on our heart is immeasurable; we are overwhelmed with both sadness and confusion. " 

"Jovan was our son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, grandson, and friend and we will miss him and Kasandra dearly.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Perkins family as they mourn.

We loved Jovan.  His kindness, humility, respect and gratitude for family and friends were steadfast.  The man we know and loved for 25 years embraced life and excelled at all he put his energy behind.  Jovan was overjoyed when Kasandra gave birth to their daughter, Zoey. 

He was happy to be a new father both he and Kasandra loved Zoey greatly.  The immense outpouring of sympathy and support from Jovan’s friends, teammates, coaches and fans have been a reflection of the impact he had on so many people.  Like them, we will cherish the wonderful memories we have of Jovan and we pray that those memories will bring us peace as we grapple to understand the unpredictable and tragic ending of his life and the life of Kasandra Perkins.  

As we attempt to grieve in the aftermath of this tremendous loss we ask that you please respect our privacy in doing so.  Only GOD can mend our hearts." For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
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Readerofthisgarbage    

Another site said he had anger issues with her over the past year, she wanted to leave him and he went off

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32.

Readerofthisgarbage    

He's the one who shot 9 bullets in her

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Readerofthisgarbage    

He did everyone a favor by killing himself

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Readerofthisgarbage    

And now his moms gonna raise the baby?????? She didn't do such a good job with him

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35.

Teresa    

My Hubby thinks that he found out the baby wasn't his. Something happened (big), that some1 knows about

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36.

Xsjado    

I pray for the child..

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37.

Harfy    

You know where they have the best beef stew? I do. It's Kansas City. Yeehaa!

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38.

Readerofthisgarbage    

She was immature He was a hot head

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Joanne    

I admire him for self-eliminating, at least, after a homicide. It saves the money of prosecuting/incarceration/appeals, etc. and relieves the grieving family of dealing with it for decades to come. It's also classy, in my opinion, to say "Well, I took a life, so I'm outta here." This way his daughter has NO parents, which isn't necessarily worse than having one dead one and the other in prison for life, or executed as a felon. Not sure why he didn't kill the daughter too, but I would think it would be really hard to aim a gun at a baby's face or torso, shudder. That Chiefs coach REALLY needs to drop a lot of pounds! Very sorry they had to witness his death (that part was bad) but it's a huge relief he didn't hurt THEM too. I don't call these events "tragedies;" they're so quintessentially human.

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anoninmo    

http://www.complex.com/sports/2012/12/friend-of-jovan-belcher-reveals-the-secrets-how-his-relationship-alcohol-and-painkillers-played-a-role-in-yesterdays-murder-suicide

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41.

Stephanie    

such a tragedy, i read jovan was upset she went to a concert and returned abt.1am. they had been quarelling often i read.

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42.

kellyann    

Clearly the guy wasn't right in the head. No one just wakes up & decided to kill their girlfriend & themselves. My heart goes out to both of their families

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43.

Readerofthisgarbage    

He shot her 9 times No accident He did the only decent thing by eliminating himself

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customcalendars4u2    

Unfortunately as soon as these two people are buried the families will go to WAR over this child who was left behind, orphaned and subsequently attached to all of her fathers MONEY!

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45.

Itoldu    

This is so sad on all levels....
I hope that the baby has the best life ever& the familys can find some peace and comfort in the times to come......

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