Who was Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher?

Player killed girlfriend, turned gun on self

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - We're learning more about Jovan Belcher, the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker who fatally shot his girlfriend, then himself in front of coaches outside the team's practice facility.

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Belcher was born July 24, 1987. He was the son of John Belcher and Cheryl Shephard.  

He grew up in New York on Long Island and went to West Babylon High School. Belcher served as team captain for two years and helped lead the team to two playoff appearances, including an undefeated regular season in 2004 for the first time in school history.

Belcher went to the University of Maine, where he was a linebacker. He was a senior co-captain and earned second-team preseason All-America honors in 2008.

The 2012 season was Belcher's fourth with the Chiefs. He came to the team as an undrafted free agent before the 2009 season. As a rookie, he led special teams with 17 tackles. Belcher played in 59 games in his career recording 208 solo tackles.

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On Dec. 16, 2011, Belcher was fined $15,000 for a hard hit on New York Jets Quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Missouri court records show no criminal background for Belcher and there is no evidence of prior domestic abuse incidents.

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