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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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Dank2MegzXx    

I feel so sad for the child, having to grow up and realize this is what happened to their own parents. Especially his father killing his mother, then himself. . It's a very big heartache. And such a guilt-confusion for them throughout life..

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47.

kprince41    

Feebs, why dont you kill yourself, the world b better off without ur IGNORANT ASS...PIG

654 days ago
48.

Readerofthisgarbage    

Now everyone around him talking about how they were fighting all the time his mom was living with them and knew he had a gun

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49.

Readerofthisgarbage    

The only thing he did right was to eliminate himself! He was a coward and worthless piece to kill his GF,

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50.

Cintia montiero da silva    

Respect? Killing ur child's mother then urself just to get out of it is respect? Or just right down selfish? It still comes down to he murdered his kids mother...thats just f*** up...

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51.

Areader    

I pray for these families.

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52.

Readerofthisgarbage    

The cold hard truth You can't accept the truth Anyone who kills an innocent person because they are "mad" is not worth living in our society He knew it too, he just eliminated himself before others were able to do the job for him... He was going to be a dead man either by gas chamber or his own bullet, his choice was the right one

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53.

jayman419    

The cops are saying that he was out with another girlfriend the night before the shooting, and intended to stay at the other woman's house but ended up crashing with the other girlfriend's neighbors instead.

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54.

jen    

I guess that answers my question as to why Grandma was needed to babysit. Dad was out partying with another woman and was too drunk to come home

653 days ago
55.

RoadRig    

why are there more brothers on the news than others? can't find a way to be drama free?

653 days ago
56.

truth    

F**k him and this story, why would anyone want to feel sorry for an idiot who had a good job, making a lot of money and he winds up murdering his wife and then killing himself. This guy was stupid, I'm glad he's history.
I always look at the positive side of things, now there's a new opening on the football team.
Were can I try out?

653 days ago
57.

Nerun    

He found out the baby wasent his? Oh well its life and none of yall will understand so keep on going with the comments lol this **** prolly happens all over the world

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58.

Angie    

I pray for both families. We don't know what happened. How insensative can you people be? There are two dead kids that's tragic. What if this were to happen in your immediate family,would be talking the same smack? I don't think so. If it were your son would you say your glad he killed himself? Show some compassion for the families.

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59.

dianne    

He was a thug at 12 years old, and he was thug the day he shot this poor girl. His mother knew he was a thug and did not get him help. I'm not going to blame the concussions, i'm going to blame the drinking and his choice of music for this one. I'm just surprised he was in the NFL and not in prison!

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60.

joel    

This is super sad - what a crappy situation. Just give all the guys money to the family of the girlfriend and move on - what a waste of life. I guarantee it was over something stupid too - or something this guy could have got over and moved on from.

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