The nation was shaken earlier this month as they learned of the tragic murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher. Countless rumors swirled regarding what drove Belcher to murder his girlfriend Kassandra Perkins by shooting her nine times and then proceeding to take his own life, including one that implicated Kassandra was involved with singer Trey Songz. One which Trey quickly came forth and denied. As the story unfolds and investigations continue, new information is being revealed. The New York Post is reporting that Jovan’s mother, Cheryl Shepherd told investigators that questions surrounding who actually fathered the couple’s 3-month-old daughter Zoey may have been what set Jovan off.
“The mother believed that there was an issue over whether [Belcher] was the father,” a source told The Post.
“She said he [believed he] wasn’t necessarily the father of the child.”
A member from Kansas City law enforcement confirmed that this statement was true and that the couple did indeed argue over Zoey’s paternity.
“She told [police] there was a question about the paternity.”
Authorities however, stated that the paternity of three-month-old Zoey will not be a factor in the Kansas City Police investigation of this case.
“That would not be something they’re going to investigate,” said Sgt. Marisa Barnes. “It’s a ‘he-said, she-said’ so there’s no way to investigate. It would be nothing more than a civil matter.”
Jovan’s mother has temporary custody of Zoey; however the courts have not selected a permanent guardian as of yet. Kassandra’s family has refused to comment on the paternity rumor but revealed that they intend on being active participants in Zoey’s life.
“There has been a disheartening amount of rumors and speculation surrounding the tragic loss of our Kasi,” the family statement said.”
“No one will every truly know why this happened, nor is there anything to be said that could justify or ease our pain.”
“We will raise Baby Zoey in the knowledge of the love from which she was born,” Perkins’ family said in a statement.”
It is unfortunate that the lives of these young adults ended so prematurely. Our prayers go out to the families of both Jovan and Kassandra. We hope that Zoey will be raised in the loving household that she deserves.
What are your thoughts on these details being revealed? Do you find them to be slandering to Kassandra or important factors surrounding the case?