Motive for Belcer’s killings under investigation

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Investigators are searching for a motive to help explain why Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then himself.

Belcher and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra M. Perkins, had lived apart briefly earlier in the year but had gotten back together by Thanksgiving, according to a friend of Perkins.

Brianne York, 21, said Sunday the couple, who had a 3-month-old daughter, Zoey, argued about “normal couple stuff” but that her friend was “really happy about being a mom.”

After Belcher killed Perkins he drove about five miles to Arrowhead Stadium, where he thanked general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel for all they’d done for him. Belcher then fatally shot himself in the practice facility’s parking lot, police said.

Sunday found Crennel on the sidelines, holding together a team in turmoil. The Chiefs rallied to a 27-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers, breaking an eight-game losing streak.

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