Nearly two months before killing his girlfriend and then himself, Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher texted a secret girlfriend that stated he "would shoot" longtime girlfriend Kasandra Perkins "if she didn't leave him alone," according to police reports obtained by The Kansas City Star.
The other woman thought Belcher was joking at the time.
On Dec. 1, the 25-year-old murdered Perkins. He then drove to Arrowhead Stadium where he shot himself. Before committing the act, he was met by head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli, and he thanked them for all they'd done for him. When police arrived, he shot himself behind a car, as Crennel pleaded, "You're taking the easy way out," the paper said.
The Star said that Belcher also told the other woman through texts that Perkins "knew exactly how to press his buttons and make him angry." He said Perkins "threatened to take all his money and his child if they split up."
The deaths have been ruled a murder-suicide by Jackson County prosecutors, who closed the case last week. The Star secured a copy of the file, which is now public record. The case file includes about 60 pages of witness interviews, recovered evidence and police observations.