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Friend: Slain couple lived apart recently

– Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend briefly lived apart before he killed her and then committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager, a friend of the woman said Sunday.

But Brianne York, 21, said that Belcher and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra M. Perkins, had gotten back together by Thanksgiving.

Belcher and Perkins have a 3-month-old daughter.

York met Perkins while taking classes at the Blue River campus of the Metropolitan Community College. The women bonded during their pregnancies. York’s baby, a boy, was born about three months before Perkins’ daughter.

York recalled that her friend was “really happy about being a mom.”

Police did not release any additional information Sunday about the murder-suicide.

On Sunday, a man who answered the door at the couple’s home asked reporters, “Can you all respect grieving?” A short time later, two men loaded bags into a car, and two women drove away.

Attempts to reach various members of Perkins’ family in Austin, Texas, were unsuccessful.

Kansas City police spokesman Darin Snapp reiterated Sunday that the couple had argued recently but could provide no additional details.

Belcher’s mother, who recently had moved in with the couple, called 911 after her son shot Perkins. Snapp said 911 tapes aren’t public records in Missouri.

He declined to discuss whether autopsies were being conducted.

Browns suicide

A member of the Cleveland Browns’ grounds crew killed himself at their practice facility in Berea, Ohio, a team spokesman said Sunday.

The man’s body was found Saturday morning at the facility in suburban Cleveland.

A spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner said they were called to the practice facility to investigate a suicide Saturday morning but would not release any further details.

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