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Jovan Belcher's Family

'We're Overwhelmed with Sadness & Confusion'

12/3/2012 11:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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

688 days ago


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

688 days ago


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

688 days ago


How come her family doesn't want the baby?

688 days ago


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

688 days ago


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

688 days ago


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

687 days ago

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.

687 days ago


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.

687 days ago


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

687 days ago


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

687 days ago


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

687 days ago

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.

687 days ago

ďee boy    

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

687 days ago


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.

687 days ago
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