Bay Shore (WALK) - The family of a late Kansas City Chiefs' football star who grew up on Long Island has agreed to have his body exhumed so his brain can be examined for signs of damage linked to repeated concussions.
Jovan Belcher, who was once a football standout at West Babylon High School, killed his girlfriend and then took his own life at the Chiefs' training field a year ago. An examination may determine if Belcher had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain condition linked changes in mood and behavior. Belcher's body was exhumed from North Babylon Cemetery in Bay Shore last Friday.
Belcher, 25, shot and killed Kasandra Perkins, 22,, the mother of their three month old daughter, at their home in Missouri on December 1, 2012. He then drove to the Chiefs' practice field where he thanked the general manager and coaches before shooting himself in the head at the facility parking lot. Belcher's salary in 2012 was more than $1.9 million.
Rearchers say that despite the lapse in time since Belcher's death, it's possible to find evidence of CTE, Alzheimer's and other brain diseases.