The problem when you live in a world of such horrific violence is that each new tragedy overshadows the last. I was thinking of the Chief's Jovan Belcher and the Decemeber 1st murder-suicide and decided to do a little follow up:
1:00 a.m.: At this point, stories diverge. In an account related by the Kansas City Star, Perkins arrives home having attended a Trey Songz concert without Belcher. She and Belcher argue. At some point, Belcher leaves the house. Police find Belcher sleeping in his Bentley, awaken him, and determine that he is able to drive his own car home.
2:50 a.m. However, another account contends that Belcher was not at home when Perkins arrived home at 1:00 a.m. Multiple sources indicate that Kansas City police respond to a call regarding a suspicious vehicle and find Belcher asleep in his Bentley. Belcher is cooperative with police, telling them he is waiting for his girlfriend. The New York Post identified that woman as Brittni Glass, and quote Glass as saying Belcher was with her that night. Belcher goes inside Glass' apartment for approximately four hours.
6:45 a.m. According to the Post's account, Belcher leaves Glass' apartment and drives back to the home he shared with Perkins.
7:00 a.m.: All accounts agree that at this point, Belcher arrives home. He and Perkins argue. The argument escalates, and Belcher kills Perkins. Belcher kisses his daughter goodbye and begins to drive to Arrowhead Stadium.
7:52 a.m.: Police are dispatched to Belcher's home following a call from Belcher's mother regarding a shooting.
8:01 a.m.: Police are dispatched to Arrowhead upon reports of a disturbance at the facility.
8:15 a.m.: In the parking lot of Arrowhead, Belcher meets with Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli, head coach Romeo Crennel, and linebackers coach Gary Gibbs. They plead with him to put the gun down. Belcher thanks them for giving him the opportunity to play in the NFL. "I got to go," Belcher reportedly says. "I can't be here." As the police approach, he crouches behind a car, places the gun to his head and pulls the trigger.
Approx. 10 a.m.: News begins to break of the shooting at the Chiefs' Arrowhead practice facility.
We may never know the details of what really happened but if he was questioning the paternity of the child, wouldn't it have been easier to have a DNA test?
I was happy to hear that the baby will be well cared for, as follows:
As part of the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and NFL Players Association, the league and union will support Zoey through her college years. Under the "surviving-child" benefit, Zoey would be entitled to a $600,000 life insurance policy, a $100,000 retirement account and $200,000 for each of the four seasons Belcher played in the NFL.
Zoey's guardian or her estate will receive $108,000 per year over the next four years. When Zoey turns 5, she will receive $48,000 and then $52,000 per year until she is 18 or 23, depending on whether or not she attends college.
Belcher's mother has temporary custody of Zoey, but Perkins' family intends to be involved in her upbringing.
Let's pray this baby will not become a pawn for money.