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Report: Belcher shot girlfriend, then kissed her forehead

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Inside linebacker Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs watches from the sidelines during his final game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Miss. on Nov. 25.

A detailed account of the murder and suicide by Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher published Tuesday by the Kansas City Star said that after the football player shot his girlfriend, he knelt to kiss her on the forehead and apologize before heading to the stadium where he killed himself.

A spokesman for the Kansas City Police Department said police documents would not be released to substantiate the details laid out by veteran Star reporter Christine Vendel, but the spokesman told NBC News that "all information detailed in the KC Star report is in fact accurate."

Belcher, 25, and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, had been arguing about their relationship and finances, according to the Star, which reported that Belcher was out with another woman the night before he killed Perkins. It says his mother, who was living with the couple at the time, witnessed Belcher's farewell to his fatally wounded girlfriend that morning, and that he kissed three-month-old Zoey, his daughter with Perkins, and apologized again before leaving the scene.


When Belcher arrived at the Chiefs' practice facility at Arrowhead Stadium and emerged from his car with a gun to his head, the coaches were unable to dissuade him from suicide, sources told the Star.

According to the Star, Crennel tried to dissuade him, but Belcher said: "Guys, I have to do this."

"I got to go," Belcher reportedly said. "I can’t be here."

As officers approached, according to police incident reports, Belcher fired a single shot to his head. He died at a hospital.

NBC News' Ziad Jaber contributed to this report.

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