NY services held for NFL player in murder-suicide


December 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DIX HILLS, N.Y. (AP) — Hundreds of mourners attended a wake Tuesday in New York, for Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who killed his girlfriend and himself. The 25-year-old Long Island native was in an open casket in an auditorium-size room at the Upper Room Christian World Center church in Dix Hills, 30 miles east of New York City. Police say the West Babylon native shot 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins and then shot himself Dec. 1. The couple had a baby daughter named Zoey.

Belcher’s casket was surrounded by floral arrangements. Poster boards of family snapshots also were displayed. Teammates and coaches attended a service for Belcher last week in Kansas City. Belcher’s funeral is today (Wednesday). Two funerals were held for Perkins in Texas.