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Jovan Belcher’s family: We’re praying for Perkins family

People stby small shrine outside Long Islhome Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher Monday Dec. 3 2012 West BabylN.Y. People

People stand by a small shrine outside the Long Island home of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, in West Babylon, N.Y. People living at and visiting the home stopped and recited a prayer at the shrine on Monday. On Saturday, Belcher killed his girlfriend and himself in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The family of Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who shot and killed his girlfriend before killing himself, says they’re having difficulty dealing with the “inconceivable tragedy.”

Police say Belcher killed 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins at their Kansas City home Saturday before driving to Arrowhead Stadium, where he committed suicide in the practice facility’s parking lot.

One of Belcher’s cousins, Yamiesse Lawrence, read a statement outside Belcher’s boyhood home in West Babylon, N.Y., on Monday, saying words can’t express the sorrow the family feels.

Lawrence said the family is “overwhelmed with both sadness and confusion,” and extends thoughts and prayers to the Perkins family.

Belcher’s niece, Quaresha Boston, said the football player “embraced life and excelled at all he put his energy behind” and that God alone could “mend our hearts.”



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