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Service held for Belcher's girlfriend

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BLUE RIDGE, Texas (AP)

A memorial was held in North Texas for the slain girlfriend of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher.

Family and friends gathered Thursday at a church in Blue Ridge to remember 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, five days after Belcher killed her then shot himself in the head.

A relative of Perkins says she was a loyal friend who brought joy to others with her smiles and laughter.

Perkins' great-uncle also told mourners at the service Thursday that Perkins loved her family and considered her 3-month-old daughter, Zoey, to be the love of her life.

A white casket bedecked with a spray of white lilies was the mourners' focal point at Ridgeview Family Fellowship in Blue Ridge, about 40 miles northeast of Dallas.

Life Celebration Funeral Home says a separate service will be held Saturday in Austin, followed by burial in nearby Pflugerville.

Belcher shot Perkins at their Kansas City home Saturday morning. He then drove with a handgun to Arrowhead Stadium, where he thanked team officials before kneeling down and shooting himself in the head.

Perkins is survived by the couple's daughter, Zoey. According to the Turrentine Jackson Morrow funeral home, she is also survived by two siblings, her parents, grandparents and a great-grandmother.

Great-uncle Ted Downing said Perkins ''had a deep, deep understanding about the important things in life.''

Tagged: Jovan Belcher

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