Paternity questions allegedly triggered Jovan Belcher murder-suicide

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Kassandra Michelle Perkins and Jovan Belcher in a picture posted to Perkins' Facebook page.

The mother of Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher, Cheryl Shepherd, told investigators that her son was arguing with his girlfriend, Kassandra Perkins, over the baby’s paternity before Belcher shot Perkins and eventually killed himself, according to the New York Post.

Perkins told investigators after the shootings that the couple was arguing over whether Belcher was the father of 3-month-old Zoey, according to sources familiar with the situation.

“The mother believed that there was an issue over whether [Belcher] was the father,” said a source close to the Chiefs with knowledge of the situation. “She said he [believed he] wasn’t necessarily the father of the child.”

Family members declined to comment on the paternity issue.

“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.”

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