Family of Jovan Belcher's girlfriend Kasandra Perkins thanks supporters
The family of the girlfriend of Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher was trying to make sense of the shooting tragedy that took the life of their daughter.
Belcher fatally shot Kasandra Perkins, 22, last Saturday and later committed suicide with a handgun at the Chiefs' practice facility.
"On behalf of the Perkins family, we appreciate the outpouring of love and concern for our Kasandra 'Kasi' Perkins," the family said in a statement.
"Our hearts are truly broken for Kasi was a beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, mother, cousin and friend."
The family asked for privacy as they grieved over their loss.
"Please keep us in your hearts and prayers as well as the Belcher family for two lives were loss," the statement said. "Again we thank you for your support, our wish is for Kasi to be remembered for the love she shared with us all. Kasi will be truly missed!"
Looking sombre and sad outside the family home, Belcher's relatives described the weekend's events as an "inconceivable tragedy".
"As a family, no words can express the sorrow we feel over the loss of Jovan and Kasandra," Belcher's cousin, Yamiesse Lawrence, said.
She said the family was "overwhelmed with both sadness and confusion", and extended thoughts and prayers to the Perkins family.