The Kansas City Star released a detailed report on the final moments of the life of NFL player Jovan Belcher. Belcher, who played for the Kansas City Chiefs, shot himself and his girlfriend after an argument this weekend. According to the Star, Belcher kissed his girlfriend after shooting her and apologized. He also kissed his three month old daughter and told his mother goodbye as he left the house. She’d heard gunfire and came into the room after the fatal shots were fired.
It is being reported that Belcher shot his girlfriend over serious relationship and financial issues that had been consistent in their lives. Belcher’s mother had come from New York to help the couple work through some of their issues and heard her son say “You can’t talk to me like that,” right before the shots were fired.
After the shooting, Belcher left for Arrowhead Stadium, where the Chiefs play their games. Police say that it was during his drive that they believe Belcher started to reflect on what he’d done. Upon arriving to the stadium, Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli saw Belcher step out of his Bentley with a gun to his head.
“I did it,” he said, according to police. “I killed her.”
The Chiefs say that they knew about Belcher’s relationship problems and were doing all they could to help. That’s when Belcher thanked the GM for all they’d done for him and asked if he and another friend, Clark Hunt, would take care of his daughter.
Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel also showed up, as Belcher told them, “Guys, I have to do this.”
“I was trying to get him to understand that life is not over,” Crennel told The Star. “He still has a chance and let’s get this worked out.’’
As police sirens were heard off into the distance, that’s when Belcher admitted that it was time to kill himself.
“I got to go,” Belcher reportedly said. “I can’t be here.”
Police say that Belcher owned several legal guns in his home, one of which was used to kill his girlfriend. They also believe that alcohol played a factor in the escalation of the argument.