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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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Pink    

Well because he was going to control this gurl no matter what the cost, that's what abuser do, soo sad.

639 days ago
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LRT    

It is sad no one saw he needed help...

639 days ago
3.

Cindy    

Why? Those repeated concussions have been shown to cause several symptoms: Depression, aggression, Alzheimers and suicide.

639 days ago
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Readerofthisgarbage    

How come her family doesn't want the baby?

639 days ago
5.

D    

That was horrible, that child lost both his mom and dad.

639 days ago
6.

Nvts    

I bet they will blame the NFL and go SUE HAPPY!

639 days ago
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Rocky    

**** him, he shot that girl in front of her mother. May he burn in hell.

639 days ago
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Jericho Morton    

Well, a big brave American hero with his big brave gun is so 'upset' by his emotions that he kills his baby momma then himself. Help? What sort of 'help' ? All the money, all this adoration for running about on a field on Sunday like a big fat idiot playing ball as an adult. We have so much to look forward too.

639 days ago
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KnuckleDragger    

Let's look on the brighter side of this. The child will now be in a loving home with someone who actually puts the child's welfare above family violence. I think this guy did his child a favor. Killing your child's mother...then going somewhere else and blowing your brains out in front of everyone isn't what I'd call exceptional parental skills.

639 days ago
10.

renee    

I am aware that many footballers have sustained brain injuries, could it be linked to that?

639 days ago
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Cao    

"No one saw he needed help"...he didn't allow them to see that he needed help.

639 days ago
12.

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

639 days ago
13.

She's baaaack    

What's going to add to the sadness will be the families fighting over that poor orphaned infant. I can see it coming.

639 days ago
14.

ďee boy    

Its truly a lost of two good lifes just a shame may God forgive their souls

639 days ago
15.

TJ    

Jovan, Gabriell, Olivire- men have too much bottled up anger, then they explode. They need to learn to communicate in a more constructive manner.Amazing he didn't murder the child,as well.They usually do.

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