Kansas City Chiefs star RB Jamaal Charles and his wife have released a public statement in the wake of teammate Jovan Belcher’s murder-suicide.
Charles was particularly impacted by the events because Belcher’s victim, Kasandra Perkins, was his wife’s cousin.
Here is his statement:
“Our family has suffered a personal tragic loss,” Charles and his wife, Whitney, said in the statement. “Kasandra Perkins was in-fact first cousin to my wife, Whitney. As this is a very tough time for our family, I ask that we are respected as we grieve. Kasandra was not only family, but a friend and a loving mother. As my actual family and my Kansas City Chiefs family have been altered forever, we ask that you keep us and most importantly their child in prayer.
“Thank you all for your continued support.”