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NY services held for NFL player in murder-suicide

6:21 PM, Dec 11, 2012   |    comments
Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend Dec. 1 and later the same day committed suicide.(Photo: Jamie Squire, Getty Images)
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DIX HILLS, N.Y. (AP) -- More than 100 mourners are attending a wake in New York for Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who killed his girlfriend and himself.
The 25-year-old Long Island native was in an open casket in an auditorium-size room at the Upper Room Christian World Center church in Dix Hills, 30 miles east of New York City.
Police say the West Babylon native shot 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins and then shot himself Dec. 1. The couple had a baby daughter named Zoey.

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Belcher's mother, Cheryl Shepherd, declined to speak with a reporter when contacted by telephone Tuesday.
Belcher's casket was surrounded by floral arrangements. Poster boards of family snapshots also were displayed.

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Teammates and coaches attended a service for Belcher last week in Kansas City. Belcher's funeral is Wednesday.
Two funerals were held for Perkins in Texas.

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12/11/2012 6:11:30 PM (GMT -5:00)

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