BLUE RIDGE, TEXAS (AP) - The slain girlfriend of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher was a loyal friend who brought joy to others with her smiles and laughter, a relative said Thursday at a memorial service for the woman.
Belcher fatally shot 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins on Saturday at the Kansas City home they shared with their 3-month-old daughter, Zoey. He then drove to the Chiefs practice facility at Arrowhead Stadium, where coach Romeo Crennel, general manager Scott Pioli and defensive assistant Gary Gibbs witnessed Belcher commit suicide.
“She had a deep, deep understanding about the important things in life,” Downing told mourners.
He recalled a time in Perkins‘ childhood when she got upset that a friend of hers didn’t get a desired part in a play.
“She always had no shortage of friends _ and I mean good friends,” Downing said.
A white casket bedecked with a spray of white lilies and pink roses was the mourners’ focal point at Ridgeview Family Fellowship in Blue Ridge, about 40 miles northeast of Dallas.
Downing told the about 200 mourners, including Chiefs team chairman Clark Hunt, that Perkins always called him her “aunt” after her brother had decided for some reason to call his wife “uncle.” He said that in recent months, Perkins had informed him she’d be calling him “auntie” to reflect the diversity in their multiracial family.
He said Perkins had a knack for making everyone she met “feel like the most important person in the world.”
“To put it simply, Kasi loved life,” he said.
Belcher then drove about five miles to Arrowhead Stadium. When police arrived, Belcher moved behind a vehicle, out of clear view of officers, according to police. He then knelt down and shot himself once in the head.
According to Perkins‘ obituary, she was born in nearby McKinney, just north of Dallas, and attended elementary and middle school in the Dallas suburb of Garland. She graduated from Anderson High School in Austin in 2009. She wanted to become a teacher.