LI Services Set for NFL Player in Murder-suicide

In this Sept. 16, 2012, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs’ Jovan Belcher (59) stands on the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert, File)

Services will be held at a Long Island church for Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, the West Babylon native that fatally shot himself after police said he killed his girlfriend.

The services will be held Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 to 2 p.m. at the Upper Room Christian World Center in Dix Hills.


Police said Belcher’s suicide came after he shot and killed his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, the mother of their 3-month-old daughter, Zoey.

Belcher’s mother, Cheryl Shepherd, declined to speak with a reporter from The Associated Press when contacted by telephone on Tuesday.

Police and a woman answering the phone at the church confirmed the plans but had no further details.

Chiefs’ players and coaches attended a service for Belcher last week in Kansas City.

Perkins’ funeral was held Saturday in Texas.

Belcher reportedly shot himself in the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium in front of his coach and general manager after thanking them for all they did for him.

The Chiefs announced Friday that the Zoey Michelle Belcher Irrevocable Trust will be established to assist the daughter.

Contributions will come from the Hunt family, who own the team, as well as Chiefs players, coaches and staff. The public may also contribute.

-With Associated Press

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