Originally written on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 11/18/14

ATLANTA - AUGUST 13: Antone Smith of the Atlanta Falcons is tackled by Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs at Georgia Dome on August 13, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The days since Jovan Belcher killed his 22-year-old girlfriend then shot himself in the head have been very difficult for his mother, who said Wednesday that the slayings have not diminished her love for the couple. Belcher's mother, Cheryl Shepherd, had been living with her son and 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins to help care for their 3-month-old daughter, Zoey, and was at the couple's Kansas City home Saturday morning when Perkins was shot. "That's my son, and I love him," Shepherd said in a brief telephone conversation Wednesday. "She's my daughter-in-law, just like my daughter." Shepherd declined to say anything more about her son. Belcher, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, shot Perkins at their home then drove with a handgun to Arrowhead Stadium, where he thanked Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel for all they had done for him. The men tried to persuade Belcher to put the gun down, but when police arrived, Belcher moved beh...
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