Jovan Belcher, 25, the football linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs who shot himself and his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, 22, in an apparent murder-suicide on Saturday, is being described by family and friends as a "natural born leader," reports the New York Daily News.

"The guy always had a smile on his face," said Belcher's uncle, Willis Miles, reports Newsday. "He would just wrap his arms around you."

Belcher, who grew up in West Babylon, New York, and attended the University of Maine before joining the Chiefs in 2009, reportedly shot and killed Perkins in front of his mother at approximately 8 a.m. on Saturday before driving to the Chiefs' practice area and thanking coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli for everything they had done for him.

"Never would I expect this in a million years," said West Babylon's head football coach, Albert Ritacco, reports the Daily News. “I’m talking to you because I don’t want anyone saying he was a crazy kid, because that wasn’t the case at all. He never got into any kind of trouble when he was here. He had great character," Ritacco said.

Belcher and Perkins' deaths orphaned their three-month-old daughter, Zoey.

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