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Tragedy leaves infant behind in Belcher case

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Police spokesman Darin Snapp says linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot 22-year-old Kasandra M. Perkins on Saturday. He then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager. Police spokesman Darin Snapp says linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot 22-year-old Kasandra M. Perkins on Saturday. He then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A little girl will now grow up only knowing her parents through pictures and the inheritance of tragedy left behind.

Neighbors among the cul-de-sacs and quiet streets of the southeast Kansas City subdivision where Jovan Belcher ended his girlfriend's life, police said, before taking his own, are concerned about the memory of the young mother.

They say 22-year-old Kasandra M. Perkins used to take walks through the neighborhood, and are now concerned about what happens to the couple's nearly 3-month-old baby.

Why? That much no one knows or at least has said publicly, beyond that Belcher and his girlfriend had been fighting of late.

However, neighbors say Belcher is not really the story.

"There is a baby involved too. If both of them are the parents and they're now gone, that is really the story right there," neighbor Charles Cadenhead said.  "This type of stuff never happens over here.  We're pretty close-knit, you know, it is quiet,"

With sights of crime scene tape, police cars and detectives and national and local media lining the streets are another lingering reminder of the tragedy.

Neighbors say their are not too sure about all the attention, heightened because of Belcher's public status as a Chiefs player.

Most neighbors didn't even know they had a Chiefs linebacker living down the street.

"I've driven by once in a while, waved at them standing outside, but I didn't know he was a Chiefs player," neighbor Kenneth Ndikum said.

However, for James Crisman, who lives in the neighborhood, he is an exception. He saw Belcher everyday, working in the parking lot at Arrowhead.

"He'll come through and he'll see me.  He will honk," Crisman said.

They would chat around the neighborhood too.

"He always seemed cool. You would never think anything was bothering him," Crisman said.

Police said Belcher's mother recently had moved in with the couple, possibly to help with the baby. She called police just before 8 a.m. Saturday to report Perkins had been shot multiple times. Perkins was transported to a hospital, where she died a short time later.

About 20 minutes after the shooting, another call came into police. This one was from Arrowhead Stadium about Belcher armed with a handgun in the parking lot.  He later committed suicide just outside the front door of the Chiefs' practice facility

Prior to Saturday, Belcher's name had never come up with police, nor had officers ever been called to the residence where the first shooting occurred.

Copyright 2012 KCTV (Meredith Corp.)  All rights reserved.  The Associated Press and CNN contributed to this report.

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