Belcher's Baby Wails in Wrenching 911 Call
Also, did Belcher have another girlfriend?
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2012 7:42 AM CST
A police officer walks to an Independence, Mo., house house where police say Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(Newser) – Police released the 911 phone call made by Jovan Belcher's mother in the moments after the linebacker fatally shot his girlfriend, and it's as wrenching as you'd expect. "Oh my God. Oh my God. Cassie," Cheryl Shepherd sobs over the wails of Belcher's infant daughter, reports CNN. She continues:

  • "She is still breathing but barely. Please hurry. I don't know how many times he shot her. They had been arguing ... She's just barely. She is moving when I talk to her. ... You hear me? Kasandra! Hey! Stay with me!"
When a police officer joins the line and begins to ask for details about her son's whereabouts, Shepherd falls silent, though the baby's cries can still be heard. More on the story:

  • Police also shared more details about their early-morning interaction with Belcher on the day of the shooting, reports the Kansas City Star. Around 3am police found Belcher sleeping in his car outside an apartment building 10 miles from the home he shared with Perkins. When they asked what he was doing there, he said he was supposed to visit his "girlfriend," but that she wasn't home. He made a phone call and was let into the building by a resident; the girl's roommate told police Belcher slept on the couch until 6:30am, about 1 hour and 20 minutes before police were notified of the shooting.
  • Sports Illustrated shares details of an eerie text message exchange between Belcher and an old college teammate the day before the shooting. After texting that his daughter was "a blessing, she makes me smile on the worst day," his friend joked that Belcher would need a gun to keep the boys away. He responded, "Yea man I got about 8 guns now, from hand Gunz to assault rifles for her little bf's."
  • Just how aware was Belcher's team of his relationship problems? The Star reports that the team had provided counseling to the couple.

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Dec 6, 2012 11:35 AM CST
The Kansas City Star must have over two dozen articles on their web site about this murder-suicide. If this crime had been committed by anyone else there might be three or four stories about it at the most. The only reason this has received nationwide attention is because he was a "professional" football player. His daughter will be receiving $1,000,000.00 from the Chiefs, which while I think that is a good thing, what about the other orphaned children from crimes like this? They are either raised by another relative or put into foster care. I live fairly close to where this tragedy happened, and while the neighborhood isn't "crime ridden", murders and suicides and other crimes happen there on a regular basis, but those stories get a whole lot less press coverage.
Dec 5, 2012 10:21 PM CST
'The team provided counseling for the couple" and he was a drunk, collecting guns. What the #$%$ was she thinking. Why request and or agree to go to counseling with an ugly drunken LOSER. They were not married so why did she need to try to make IT work. This young girl should have RAN the other direction very FAST, BEFORE she got [regnant, DURING her pregnancy, or AFTER the birth of her child with this LOSER. But then again her type tolerates ugly, wealthy nut jobs for the love of their money. I would not have given this ugly, drunken, gun collector LOSER the time of day.
Dec 5, 2012 5:39 PM CST
Do we think steroids and head injuries don't mix?