Randy McIlwain, NBC 5 News
Kasandra Perkins, the slain girlfriend of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, was laid to rest in Blue Ridge five days after Belcher killed her, then shot himself in the head.
The slain girlfriend of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher was laid to rest five days after Belcher killed her, then shot himself in the head.
The small Collin County town of Blue Ridge, 50 miles northeast of Dallas, served as the setting for loved ones of Kasandra Perkins to say their goodbyes.
Memorial services were held Thursday afternoon at the Ridgeview Family Fellowship church for Perkins who was murdered last week in a shooting that captured international headlines.
Belcher shot Perkins at their Kansas City home Saturday morning. Belcher opened fire on Perkins after arguing with her when she returned home from a concert.
Police say after killing Perkins, Belcher drove with a handgun to Arrowhead Stadium, where he thanked team officials before kneeling down and shooting himself in the head.
Belcher's violence was witnessed by his own mother who had been visiting the couple in Kansas City, they'd just become new parents of 3-month-old Zoey Belcher.
Perkins was described as, "beautiful on the outside and the inside," by her great uncle, Ted Downing, one about about 200 people attending the service.
Her daughter Zoey was also there. Loved ones say they're committed to seeing that she thrives and understands the love and joy she brought to her mother's life, a life according to Downing gone way too soon. "She was just a happy girl who loved everybody and wanted everybody to love each other," said Downing.
Many members of Perkins family reside in North Texas, she has family in Blue Ridge, her mother lives in Fort Worth. According to the Turrentine Jackson Morrow funeral home, she is also survived by two siblings, grandparents and a great-grandmother.
In her youth, Perkins attended school for a while in Garland Independent School District, but spent most of years growing up in Austin where she'll be buried, Perkins was 22-years-old.