A day after Kasandra Perkins died of multiple gunshot wounds and the boyfriend who killed her then killed himself, friends and neighbors are beginning to describe the young, new mother.
She would take walks with her baby daughter, Zoey, outside their home in the 5400 block of Crysler Avenue in Kansas City, took pride in decorating the home she and Chiefs player Jovan Belcher moved into more than a year ago and hoped to one day be a teacher.
Though most of her family was in Texas, friends say her outgoing personality and kindness helped her build a large group of close friends here in the Kansas City area. There were friends she met at Blue River Community College, girlfriends and wives of other Chiefs players and a tight, small group of girlfriends she would grab good food and margaritas with at a favorite local Mexican restaurant.
Hours after that group of friends found out the young woman they called Kassie had been murdered, they met at that restaurant, sat in the same booth they all did the last time they were together with Perkins and shared memories of their friend.
They also want others to know about her, how she was caring and kind to people who needed a friend and how she looked forward to watching her little girl grow up.
As one friend said: We dont want her to be overshadowed by who he was. ... She deserves recognition, too.