KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Five family members related to Jovan Belcher came out of the couple’s house in the 5400 block of Crysler Avenue Monday afternoon to make a statement to the media.
Mary Kimble, an aunt of Jovan Belcher read the following statement:
“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 hearts is immeasurable. We are overwhelmed with sadness and confusion. Jovan was our son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, grandson and friend and we will miss him and Kasandra and him daily. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Perkins family as well as we
mourn. We love Jovan, his kindness, humility, respect and gratitude for family and friends was steadfast.
The man we knew and loved for 25 years embraced life and excelled at all he put his energy behind. Javon was overjoyed when Kasandra gave birth to their daughter Zoey. He was happy to be a new father and both he and Kasandra loved Zoey dearly.
The immerse 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 pray that those memories and 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 this aftermath of this loss, we ask that you respect our privacy in doing so. Only God can mend our hearts. Thank you.”
On Saturday morning, Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then drove to Arrowhead Stadium, where he killed himself in front of Coach Crennel and GM Pioli.