Originally written on Fox Sports  |  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)
The mother of a Kansas City Chiefs player who killed his girlfriend and himself late last year, leaving his baby daughter an orphan, said in court Tuesday that relatives from both sides of the family should be involved in the girl's life. Cheryl Shepherd of West Babylon, N.Y., testified at hearings to decide who will get custody of the 9-month-old child of Chiefs player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins. Perkins' cousin, Sophie Perkins Perkins of Pflugerville, Texas, also is seeking custody of the girl. Shepherd was staying with her son and his girlfriend at the couple's Kansas City home at time of the Dec. 1 shootings, and she testified Tuesday that she had a close, loving relationship with Kasandra Perkins. Shepherd initially also sought to become conservator of her son's estate, which would put her in charge of possibly millions of dollars, but family members on both sides agreed to have a third party handle the finances. That left Zoey's ...
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