The release of the 911 tapes from the murder-suicide involving Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs are haunting, to say the least. The calls came from Belcher’s mother, who frantically explained to operators what happened that night, with a screaming baby in the background. Belcher’s girlfriend, Kassandra Perkins, was barely breathing and would die shortly thereafter.
“Oh my God. Oh my God. Cassie,” said Belcher’s mother, Cheryl Shepherd. “The baby is crying … Please get the ambulance here!”
“OK, we’re on the way, ” the dispatcher said. “We’ve been on the way the whole time. How old is the patient?”
“Twenty-two,” Shepherd said.
“Is she breathing?” the dispatcher asked.
“She is still breathing but barely. Please hurry. I don’t know how many times he shot her. They had been arguing …” the mother said.
“OK, she’s been shot?” the dispatcher asked.
Belcher’s mother then speaks to the woman lying on the floor, Kassandra Perkins.
“You hear me? Kasandra! Hey!. Stay with me!”
“Ma’am,” the dispatcher said. “Listen. Is she awake?”
“She’s barely,” the mother said. “She’s just barely. She is moving when I talk to her.”
“OK,” the dispatcher said.
“Oh, God,” the mother moaned.
” Is she bleeding?” The dispatcher asked.
“Yes, she is ….”
When the police officer gets on the phone with Belcher’s mother, she doesn’t answer many questions about where her son might be. Instead, she focuses on getting an ambulance for Perkins.
“Ma’am, the ambulance is on the way. What’s your son’s name? What kind of car did your son leave in? Or was he on foot?” the officer asked.
That’s when Belcher’s mother stopped speaking to the officers, and a crying baby can be heard in the background.