How do you celebrate the life of Jovan Belcher and still hold him accountable for his murderous acts?

On Saturday December 1st Kansas City linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend Kassandra Perkins, and then he drove to Arrowhead Stadium and killed himself to the horror of his coach and GM. The team struggled to remember the guy that they knew on the field, but they could not forget to acknowledge his murderous act. It was a difficult balance that the team had to strike. His jersey and helmet were hung in front of his locker, but should you set up a memorial to a murderer? Do you celebrate the life of a man who killed the mother of his own child? Can you sympathize with his pain without forgetting the pain that he caused? Does the word tragedy do justice to the hurt his actions caused? As we watched Coach Romeo Crenell at the after game news conference he talked about the victim Perkins and the killer Belcher. He called it a tragedy as if Belcher died in an accident, but he didn’t. He caused this by first killing Perkins and then killing himself. He made choices that fateful day. He is said to have shot his girlfriend 9 times. Nine shots indicates he meant to kill her. Belcher was a Long Island, NY native and the people in his neighborhood held a candlelight vigil and his trophies were on this display, and it is their right to celebrate the young man that they knew, but it is hard to celebrate the life of a man who killed Zoey’s mother and then forced two men to watch him kill himself. Share your thoughts.

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  • Joe Andrews (@KnuckleheadZCS)  On December 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    you don’t

  • rs  On December 4, 2012 at 9:39 am

    He killed his child’s mother and was a coward who killed himself rather then take responsibility. Nothing to celebrate. He is a loser.

  • elogam  On December 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    EM, you hit the nail on the head. If anything I think the team needed to say this was indeed a tragedy, but not act like Belcher was a victim. I have little doubt he was suffering from mental issues, but that does not change the fact that he is a murderer.

  • hoping4astory  On December 6, 2012 at 5:28 am

    No, you shouldn’t celebrate his life.

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