Kasandra Michelle Perkins: We Must Say Her Name

December 3, 2012
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In the aftermath of the tragic murder of Kasandra Michelle Perkins, and the subsequent suicide of Jovan Belcher, much of the media and social media chatter have focused on Belcher.  Indeed, Kasandra Michelle Perkins has been an afterthought in public conversations focused on questions regarding the Chiefs’ ability to play, concussions, masculinity, guns, and the culture of football in the aftermath of this tragedy. Over at the always brilliant Crunk Feminist Collective website, one member described the situation in sobering terms:

Headlines and news stories have focused on the tragedy from the lens of the perpetrator (including speculation of potential brain trauma, his involvement, as an undergraduate, in a Male Athletes Against Violence initiative, and his standing as an allstar athlete), in some ways dismissing or overshadowing the lens of the victim, who in headlines is simply referred to as “(his) girlfriend.”

Mike Lupica, at the NY Daily News, offered a similar criticism about our focus and misplaced priorities:

That is why the real tragedy here — the real victim — is a young woman named Kasandra Michelle Perkins, whom Belcher shot and killed before he ever parked his car at the Chiefs’ practice facility and put that gun to his head.

She was 22 and the mother of Belcher’s child, a child who is 3 months old, a child who will grow up in a world without parents. At about 10 minutes to 8, according to Kansas City police, Jovan Belcher put a gun on the mother of his child in a house on the 5400 block of Chrysler Ave. in Kansas City and started shooting and kept shooting. You want to mourn somebody? Start with her.

Kasandra Michelle Perkins   

While disheartening and indefensible, I get the turn towards concussions, guns, and the masculinity of sporting cultures.  The murder-suicide shines a spotlight on a number of issues that many have been grappling with for many years.  It encapsulates people’s discomfort about a culture that condones on-the-field violence that may contribute to so much pain off-the-field.  It highlights society’s moral failures whereupon profits are put in front of people.  There will be a time for these conversations, but for now the spotlight needs to be on Kasandra Michelle Perkins.

Upon hearing about this tragic murder of Kasandra Michelle Perkins, I too turn my attention to these issues; I am guilty of this failure, having tweeted about concussions, suicide, and the culture of the NFL. These issues are real, but so is the tragic death of Kasandra Michelle Perkins.

Kasandra Michelle Perkins cannot be a footnote.  She cannot be an afterthought.

While there are clearly issues specific to football—impact of concusions, the culture of hyper masculinity, mental health—we cannot lose focus on Kasandra Michelle Perkins.  Her life is no less precious just because she didn’t play linebacker; her life is no less important because she didn’t have teammates (although her family and friends are her teammates) grieving.  Her story is no less important because we live in a culture that privileges football and celebrity over the daily tragedies of violence.

Kasandra Michelle Perkins: let’s remember her name.

Her murder is a startling and sobering reminder about the all-too common tragedy of domestic/intimate partner murders.  “Each year thousands of black women are shot, stabbed, stalked, and brutalized in crimes that never make it on the national radar.  Black women experience intimate partner violence at a rate of 35% higher than do white women,” writes Sikivu Hutchinson.  “Intimate partner violence is a leading cause of death for black women, yet they are seldom viewed as proper victims and are rarely cast as total innocents.”

The failure to value all lives equally, to scream to demand justice embodies American racism and sexism.  Hutchinson makes this clear in another brilliant piece

Plastered on websites like AOL, relentlessly rammed down our collective throats in titillating morsels with whiffs of sexuality and scandal, poster child Caylee Anderson and company are a metaphor for Middle America’s Little Red Riding Hood fetishization of white femininity. Tabloid narratives of imperiled white females highlight the suburban virtues of white Middle America and not so subtlety evoke the social pathologies of the so-called inner city. Indeed, the spectacles of grief, mourning, and community outrage trotted out on CNN and FOX not only program viewers to identify with the injustice that has been done to the victim and her family, but to her community. In the world of 24-7 media these victims become our girls, our daughters, while the “bitches” and “hos” of the inner city symbolize the disorder and ungovernableness of an urban America whose values must be kept at bay.

The media erasure, particularly of the lost lives of women of color, is a root problem.  It points to a systemic failure.  The consequences are grave and mortifying.  The ubiquity here is haunting; the devastation is disheartening; and our collective silence, paralysis, and acceptance are shameful.

  • Close to 70% of women killed by a gun were murdered by the hand of an intimate partner
  • More than three women are murdered every day by a husband or domestic partner
  • 40-50% of female murder victims fall into the category of domestic/partner murder (this includes former partners)
  • Three times as many women are killed by husband or intimate acquaintance as are killed by strangers using guns, knives or other weapons combined

As noted on “What About Our Daughters,”

According to the CDC, black women have a maternal homicide risk about seven times that of white women. Black women ages 25-29 are about 11 times more likely as white women in that age group to be murdered while pregnant or in the year after childbirth.

Kasandra Michelle Perkins is not a statistic, but her murder is part of a larger story.  The same is true for Cicely Bolden.  She was murdered by the man she was dating; he killed her after he learned that she was HIV-positive. #Kasandra Michelle Perkins #Cicely Bolden. Let’s not forget Meghann Pope.  She and her baby (she was 4 months pregnant) died after her boyfriend ran her over with his truck.  # Arlet Hernandez Contreras; #Ericka Peters; # Rasheedah Blunt; # Jasmine Nichelle Moss; #Dawn Viens; #Yeardley Love; #Nancy Benoit; #Cherica Adams;  #Aena Hong.

It is crucial to continue to say Kasandra Michelle Perkins’ name. To look at her face; to ingrain her image into our heads. We must continue to think about not the last minutes of her life, but the totality of her life. 

 

Kasandra Michelle Perkins   

It is crucial to say all of these names.  It is crucial to hear the plea from Kasandra Michelle Perkins’ friend, who reminded us all, “I don’t want her to get overshadowed by who he was. I know he was a Chiefs player and a lot of people know him, but she deserves recognition, too.”

Each time we say her name we remember her life and her tragic murder.  Each time we say Kasandra Michelle Perkins, we remember her 4-month old daughter who lost her mom and her dad on December 2, 2012.  Each time we say her name we push back at the privileging of celebrity-life  over her death.  Each time we say her name we are hopefully reminded of the ubiquity of domestic/partner murder.  Each time we say her name, we refuse the silence and erasure of domestic violence and intimate partner murder, particularly when the victims are women of color.  Each time we say her name we refuse the racism and sexism that obscures the humanity of those lives lost.  We challenge the discomfort that compels silence and erasure.

I heed the words from the Crunk Feminist Collective:

I wrote this piece to adjust the focus away from the famous athlete who “snapped,” and to put it on the true innocent in the case.  I wrote this piece as a clarion call to remember Kasandra by her name and not by her relationship.  I wrote this piece so that we don’t forget that victims may fall into statistics but they have names!  I wrote this piece as a reminder that Kasandra (and Cherica) existed before their relationships with men who did not value their lives.  I wrote this piece as a reminder that when a tragedy like this happens, it is not the perpetrator’s name we should remember, but the victim’s.

Each time we say Kasandra Michelle Perkins, we remember a life lost; we remember a 22-year woman brutally murdered in her home; we remember a mother who will never get to hold her daughter again.  We remember Kasandra Michelle Perkins.

Say her name!

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188 Responses to Kasandra Michelle Perkins: We Must Say Her Name

  1. susanbarcon on December 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    kasandra Michelle Perkins

  2. susanbarcon on December 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    kasandra Michelle Perkins

  3. susanbarcon on December 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    kasandra Michelle Perkins

  4. susanbarcon on December 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    kasandra Michelle Perkins

  5. floyd on December 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    As a ex football player i send my condolence to both family.

  6. floyd on December 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    As a ex football player i send my condolence to both family.

  7. floyd on December 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    As a ex football player i send my condolence to both family.

  8. floyd on December 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    As a ex football player i send my condolence to both family.

  9. Jewel Diamond Taylor on December 3, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Excellent commentary and clarion call. Too much of America is asleep, blind, passive and indifferent about this tragic and sad epidemic. The media is focusing more on the abuser/killer than the victim (Mother and chid). America has become too immune to violence and just turns the page to read about the next celebrity, football game, reality shows. black friday sales and pop stars. Who cries for her and the motherless child and countless more killed by non-football stars?

  10. Jewel Diamond Taylor on December 3, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Excellent commentary and clarion call. Too much of America is asleep, blind, passive and indifferent about this tragic and sad epidemic. The media is focusing more on the abuser/killer than the victim (Mother and chid). America has become too immune to violence and just turns the page to read about the next celebrity, football game, reality shows. black friday sales and pop stars. Who cries for her and the motherless child and countless more killed by non-football stars?

  11. Jewel Diamond Taylor on December 3, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Excellent commentary and clarion call. Too much of America is asleep, blind, passive and indifferent about this tragic and sad epidemic. The media is focusing more on the abuser/killer than the victim (Mother and chid). America has become too immune to violence and just turns the page to read about the next celebrity, football game, reality shows. black friday sales and pop stars. Who cries for her and the motherless child and countless more killed by non-football stars?

  12. Jewel Diamond Taylor on December 3, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Excellent commentary and clarion call. Too much of America is asleep, blind, passive and indifferent about this tragic and sad epidemic. The media is focusing more on the abuser/killer than the victim (Mother and chid). America has become too immune to violence and just turns the page to read about the next celebrity, football game, reality shows. black friday sales and pop stars. Who cries for her and the motherless child and countless more killed by non-football stars?

  13. Tierra on December 3, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I pray that God strenghes Kasandra Michelle Perkins
    family hearts it sad to loose a young lady at a young age
    bless her daughter and make her daughter strong woman when she
    grows up considering she has lost so much let her daughter feel her mothers
    love

  14. Tierra on December 3, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I pray that God strenghes Kasandra Michelle Perkins
    family hearts it sad to loose a young lady at a young age
    bless her daughter and make her daughter strong woman when she
    grows up considering she has lost so much let her daughter feel her mothers
    love

  15. Tierra on December 3, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I pray that God strenghes Kasandra Michelle Perkins
    family hearts it sad to loose a young lady at a young age
    bless her daughter and make her daughter strong woman when she
    grows up considering she has lost so much let her daughter feel her mothers
    love

  16. Tierra on December 3, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I pray that God strenghes Kasandra Michelle Perkins
    family hearts it sad to loose a young lady at a young age
    bless her daughter and make her daughter strong woman when she
    grows up considering she has lost so much let her daughter feel her mothers
    love

  17. Jasmine on December 3, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    kasandra Michelle Perkins

  18. Jasmine on December 3, 2012 at 10:08 pm

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  19. Jasmine on December 3, 2012 at 10:08 pm

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  20. Jasmine on December 3, 2012 at 10:08 pm

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  21. Jenn on December 3, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins

  22. Jenn on December 3, 2012 at 11:50 pm

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  23. Jenn on December 3, 2012 at 11:50 pm

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  24. Jenn on December 3, 2012 at 11:50 pm

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  25. Sasha on December 4, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins!!

  26. Sasha on December 4, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins!!

  27. Sasha on December 4, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins!!

  28. Sasha on December 4, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins!!

  29. rochelle on December 4, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins

  30. rochelle on December 4, 2012 at 3:46 am

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  31. rochelle on December 4, 2012 at 3:46 am

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  32. rochelle on December 4, 2012 at 3:46 am

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  33. Marie on December 4, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins! You will NOT be forgotten. May your sole rest in paradise and the angels hover over your daughter to guide and protect her on her journey of growing up without you. PEACE be with your family!

  34. Marie on December 4, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins! You will NOT be forgotten. May your sole rest in paradise and the angels hover over your daughter to guide and protect her on her journey of growing up without you. PEACE be with your family!

  35. Marie on December 4, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins! You will NOT be forgotten. May your sole rest in paradise and the angels hover over your daughter to guide and protect her on her journey of growing up without you. PEACE be with your family!

  36. Marie on December 4, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins! You will NOT be forgotten. May your sole rest in paradise and the angels hover over your daughter to guide and protect her on her journey of growing up without you. PEACE be with your family!

  37. Heather on December 4, 2012 at 8:13 am

    REST IN HEAVEN SWEET ANGEL!

  38. Heather on December 4, 2012 at 8:13 am

    REST IN HEAVEN SWEET ANGEL!

  39. Heather on December 4, 2012 at 8:13 am

    REST IN HEAVEN SWEET ANGEL!

  40. Heather on December 4, 2012 at 8:13 am

    REST IN HEAVEN SWEET ANGEL!

  41. Regina on December 4, 2012 at 8:35 am

    KASANDRA MICHELLE PERKINS

    • gwen on December 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      KASANDRA MICHELLE PERKINS

  42. Regina on December 4, 2012 at 8:35 am

    KASANDRA MICHELLE PERKINS

    • gwen on December 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      KASANDRA MICHELLE PERKINS

  43. Regina on December 4, 2012 at 8:35 am

    KASANDRA MICHELLE PERKINS

    • gwen on December 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      KASANDRA MICHELLE PERKINS

  44. Regina on December 4, 2012 at 8:35 am

    KASANDRA MICHELLE PERKINS

    • gwen on December 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      KASANDRA MICHELLE PERKINS

  45. Leah Root on December 4, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins!
    I posted this on my FB feed and friends said until they saw your article, they did not know Kasandra’s name, or even that the couple had a baby. The news focused so much on Jovan Belcher! The KS Chiefs game went on and everyone involved acted as if Belcher died in some heroic death in combat or battled a long term illness. Disgraceful.

  46. Leah Root on December 4, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins!
    I posted this on my FB feed and friends said until they saw your article, they did not know Kasandra’s name, or even that the couple had a baby. The news focused so much on Jovan Belcher! The KS Chiefs game went on and everyone involved acted as if Belcher died in some heroic death in combat or battled a long term illness. Disgraceful.

  47. Leah Root on December 4, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins!
    I posted this on my FB feed and friends said until they saw your article, they did not know Kasandra’s name, or even that the couple had a baby. The news focused so much on Jovan Belcher! The KS Chiefs game went on and everyone involved acted as if Belcher died in some heroic death in combat or battled a long term illness. Disgraceful.

  48. Leah Root on December 4, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins!
    I posted this on my FB feed and friends said until they saw your article, they did not know Kasandra’s name, or even that the couple had a baby. The news focused so much on Jovan Belcher! The KS Chiefs game went on and everyone involved acted as if Belcher died in some heroic death in combat or battled a long term illness. Disgraceful.

  49. Rukayat on December 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

    OMG. What a sad sad sad story. As a mother I just could NOT fathom this, even though I know it happens every day. I just can not believe this poor child has to grow up with this backdrop of a story. I can not believe he shot her in front of her mother, and quite likely in front of the baby :’( I can not believe what football does to human beings, especially being the sister of a football player, I am particularly concerned. I also think it is important to go beyond her name and talk about who she was. Give her friends and family voice to mourn and share how much THEY loved her. This is so painful to watch. Peace

  50. Rukayat on December 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

    OMG. What a sad sad sad story. As a mother I just could NOT fathom this, even though I know it happens every day. I just can not believe this poor child has to grow up with this backdrop of a story. I can not believe he shot her in front of her mother, and quite likely in front of the baby :’( I can not believe what football does to human beings, especially being the sister of a football player, I am particularly concerned. I also think it is important to go beyond her name and talk about who she was. Give her friends and family voice to mourn and share how much THEY loved her. This is so painful to watch. Peace

  51. Rukayat on December 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

    OMG. What a sad sad sad story. As a mother I just could NOT fathom this, even though I know it happens every day. I just can not believe this poor child has to grow up with this backdrop of a story. I can not believe he shot her in front of her mother, and quite likely in front of the baby :’( I can not believe what football does to human beings, especially being the sister of a football player, I am particularly concerned. I also think it is important to go beyond her name and talk about who she was. Give her friends and family voice to mourn and share how much THEY loved her. This is so painful to watch. Peace

  52. Rukayat on December 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

    OMG. What a sad sad sad story. As a mother I just could NOT fathom this, even though I know it happens every day. I just can not believe this poor child has to grow up with this backdrop of a story. I can not believe he shot her in front of her mother, and quite likely in front of the baby :’( I can not believe what football does to human beings, especially being the sister of a football player, I am particularly concerned. I also think it is important to go beyond her name and talk about who she was. Give her friends and family voice to mourn and share how much THEY loved her. This is so painful to watch. Peace

  53. Ness on December 4, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Please fact check! Your statistics contradict each other and this is too important an issue to be sullied by bad reporting. The cultural acceptability of ‘succeeding’ and ‘failing’ behaviors in different subgroups has to be addressed in the US across the board.

  54. Ness on December 4, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Please fact check! Your statistics contradict each other and this is too important an issue to be sullied by bad reporting. The cultural acceptability of ‘succeeding’ and ‘failing’ behaviors in different subgroups has to be addressed in the US across the board.

  55. Ness on December 4, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Please fact check! Your statistics contradict each other and this is too important an issue to be sullied by bad reporting. The cultural acceptability of ‘succeeding’ and ‘failing’ behaviors in different subgroups has to be addressed in the US across the board.

  56. Ness on December 4, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Please fact check! Your statistics contradict each other and this is too important an issue to be sullied by bad reporting. The cultural acceptability of ‘succeeding’ and ‘failing’ behaviors in different subgroups has to be addressed in the US across the board.

  57. Sharlyn on December 4, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins!!

  58. Sharlyn on December 4, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins!!

  59. Sharlyn on December 4, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins!!

  60. Sharlyn on December 4, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins!!

  61. Richard on December 4, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Thanks for writing this piece. It’s a sobering reminder that we live in a culture where one can find out about the lives of many serial killers, murderers, and other criminals, but their victims’ names are often lost to history. I’ve often wondered about the glorification of the infamous and notorious, and why out culture dotes so much on this practice.

    We should forget about the perp, and remember Kassandra Michelle Perkins

    • Tonya on December 4, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      Tonya DeVoue-BLack remembers Kassandra Michelle Perkins GOD BLESS

  62. Richard on December 4, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Thanks for writing this piece. It’s a sobering reminder that we live in a culture where one can find out about the lives of many serial killers, murderers, and other criminals, but their victims’ names are often lost to history. I’ve often wondered about the glorification of the infamous and notorious, and why out culture dotes so much on this practice.

    We should forget about the perp, and remember Kassandra Michelle Perkins

    • Tonya on December 4, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      Tonya DeVoue-BLack remembers Kassandra Michelle Perkins GOD BLESS

  63. Richard on December 4, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Thanks for writing this piece. It’s a sobering reminder that we live in a culture where one can find out about the lives of many serial killers, murderers, and other criminals, but their victims’ names are often lost to history. I’ve often wondered about the glorification of the infamous and notorious, and why out culture dotes so much on this practice.

    We should forget about the perp, and remember Kassandra Michelle Perkins

    • Tonya on December 4, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      Tonya DeVoue-BLack remembers Kassandra Michelle Perkins GOD BLESS

  64. Richard on December 4, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Thanks for writing this piece. It’s a sobering reminder that we live in a culture where one can find out about the lives of many serial killers, murderers, and other criminals, but their victims’ names are often lost to history. I’ve often wondered about the glorification of the infamous and notorious, and why out culture dotes so much on this practice.

    We should forget about the perp, and remember Kassandra Michelle Perkins

    • Tonya on December 4, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      Tonya DeVoue-BLack remembers Kassandra Michelle Perkins GOD BLESS

  65. Norma Robinson on December 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Cassandra Michelle Perkins…..

  66. Norma Robinson on December 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Cassandra Michelle Perkins…..

  67. Norma Robinson on December 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Cassandra Michelle Perkins…..

  68. Norma Robinson on December 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Cassandra Michelle Perkins…..

  69. Norma Robinson on December 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Cassandra Michelle Perkins…..

  70. Norma Robinson on December 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Cassandra Michelle Perkins…..

  71. Norma Robinson on December 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Cassandra Michelle Perkins…..

  72. Norma Robinson on December 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Cassandra Michelle Perkins…..

  73. Karla on December 4, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Sign the petition to ask the NFL to post the Domestic Violence Hotline number in every NFL stadium and to donate a 30 second spot during next year’s Super Bowl to Domestic Violence. https://www.change.org/petitions/nfl-commissioner-roger-goodell-nfl-team-owners-nfl-coaches-post-national-dv-hotline-is-all-nfl-stadiums

  74. Karla on December 4, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Sign the petition to ask the NFL to post the Domestic Violence Hotline number in every NFL stadium and to donate a 30 second spot during next year’s Super Bowl to Domestic Violence. https://www.change.org/petitions/nfl-commissioner-roger-goodell-nfl-team-owners-nfl-coaches-post-national-dv-hotline-is-all-nfl-stadiums

  75. Karla on December 4, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Sign the petition to ask the NFL to post the Domestic Violence Hotline number in every NFL stadium and to donate a 30 second spot during next year’s Super Bowl to Domestic Violence. https://www.change.org/petitions/nfl-commissioner-roger-goodell-nfl-team-owners-nfl-coaches-post-national-dv-hotline-is-all-nfl-stadiums

  76. Karla on December 4, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Sign the petition to ask the NFL to post the Domestic Violence Hotline number in every NFL stadium and to donate a 30 second spot during next year’s Super Bowl to Domestic Violence. https://www.change.org/petitions/nfl-commissioner-roger-goodell-nfl-team-owners-nfl-coaches-post-national-dv-hotline-is-all-nfl-stadiums

  77. Mary on December 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Remembering Kasandra Michelle Perkins, as well as my dear friend, Kimberly Denise Holton, who was taken from us in a similar manner.

  78. Mary on December 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Remembering Kasandra Michelle Perkins, as well as my dear friend, Kimberly Denise Holton, who was taken from us in a similar manner.

  79. Mary on December 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Remembering Kasandra Michelle Perkins, as well as my dear friend, Kimberly Denise Holton, who was taken from us in a similar manner.

  80. Mary on December 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Remembering Kasandra Michelle Perkins, as well as my dear friend, Kimberly Denise Holton, who was taken from us in a similar manner.

  81. Tanesha on December 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins mother to Zoey Michelle Perkins…..

  82. Tanesha on December 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins mother to Zoey Michelle Perkins…..

  83. Tanesha on December 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins mother to Zoey Michelle Perkins…..

  84. Tanesha on December 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins mother to Zoey Michelle Perkins…..

  85. Sony on December 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins!

    Thank you for writing such a insightful and powerful piece.

  86. Sony on December 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins!

    Thank you for writing such a insightful and powerful piece.

  87. Sony on December 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins!

    Thank you for writing such a insightful and powerful piece.

  88. Sony on December 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins!

    Thank you for writing such a insightful and powerful piece.

  89. e7 on December 4, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins.

    • Marceine on December 4, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      Kassandra Michelle Perkins, Human Being.

  90. e7 on December 4, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins.

    • Marceine on December 4, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      Kassandra Michelle Perkins, Human Being.

  91. e7 on December 4, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins.

    • Marceine on December 4, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      Kassandra Michelle Perkins, Human Being.

  92. e7 on December 4, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins.

    • Marceine on December 4, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      Kassandra Michelle Perkins, Human Being.

  93. NaeSwirl on December 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins.

    RIP

  94. NaeSwirl on December 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins.

    RIP

  95. NaeSwirl on December 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins.

    RIP

  96. NaeSwirl on December 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins.

    RIP

  97. Veronica on December 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    KASSANDRA MICHELLE PERKINS.

  98. Veronica on December 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    KASSANDRA MICHELLE PERKINS.

  99. Veronica on December 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    KASSANDRA MICHELLE PERKINS.

  100. Veronica on December 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    KASSANDRA MICHELLE PERKINS.

  101. Veronica on December 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    KASSANDRA MICHELLE PERKINS.

  102. Veronica on December 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    KASSANDRA MICHELLE PERKINS.

  103. Veronica on December 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    KASSANDRA MICHELLE PERKINS.

  104. Veronica on December 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    KASSANDRA MICHELLE PERKINS.

  105. Mark Krain on December 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    This article properly calls attention to the victim, a welcome relief from the sports orientation the story otherwise has claimed. But the article tells us nothing about this young lady except that she was a victim. What is her education? Does she have any sisters or brothers? Did she work or have any skills? was she a HS cheerleader? How did she meet her killer? What was their relationship like? Was there any police reports of violence against her by the killer in the past?

    This article sacrifices information about her to a different cause, that of violence against women, and black women especially. It is certainly important to call attention to that, but when do we get to know something about Kassandra Michelle Perkins?

  106. Mark Krain on December 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    This article properly calls attention to the victim, a welcome relief from the sports orientation the story otherwise has claimed. But the article tells us nothing about this young lady except that she was a victim. What is her education? Does she have any sisters or brothers? Did she work or have any skills? was she a HS cheerleader? How did she meet her killer? What was their relationship like? Was there any police reports of violence against her by the killer in the past?

    This article sacrifices information about her to a different cause, that of violence against women, and black women especially. It is certainly important to call attention to that, but when do we get to know something about Kassandra Michelle Perkins?

  107. Mark Krain on December 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    This article properly calls attention to the victim, a welcome relief from the sports orientation the story otherwise has claimed. But the article tells us nothing about this young lady except that she was a victim. What is her education? Does she have any sisters or brothers? Did she work or have any skills? was she a HS cheerleader? How did she meet her killer? What was their relationship like? Was there any police reports of violence against her by the killer in the past?

    This article sacrifices information about her to a different cause, that of violence against women, and black women especially. It is certainly important to call attention to that, but when do we get to know something about Kassandra Michelle Perkins?

  108. Mark Krain on December 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    This article properly calls attention to the victim, a welcome relief from the sports orientation the story otherwise has claimed. But the article tells us nothing about this young lady except that she was a victim. What is her education? Does she have any sisters or brothers? Did she work or have any skills? was she a HS cheerleader? How did she meet her killer? What was their relationship like? Was there any police reports of violence against her by the killer in the past?

    This article sacrifices information about her to a different cause, that of violence against women, and black women especially. It is certainly important to call attention to that, but when do we get to know something about Kassandra Michelle Perkins?

  109. Ed on December 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins, Zoey Michelle Perkins’ Mom

  110. Ed on December 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins, Zoey Michelle Perkins’ Mom

  111. Ed on December 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins, Zoey Michelle Perkins’ Mom

  112. Ed on December 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins, Zoey Michelle Perkins’ Mom

  113. Kevin on December 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins

    The information in this post is nothing short of horrifying.

  114. Kevin on December 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins

    The information in this post is nothing short of horrifying.

  115. Kevin on December 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins

    The information in this post is nothing short of horrifying.

  116. Kevin on December 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins

    The information in this post is nothing short of horrifying.

  117. arielle on December 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins!

    Wow, an awakening indeed

  118. arielle on December 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins!

    Wow, an awakening indeed

  119. arielle on December 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins!

    Wow, an awakening indeed

  120. arielle on December 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins!

    Wow, an awakening indeed

  121. Veneitta on December 5, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins

  122. Veneitta on December 5, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins

  123. Veneitta on December 5, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins

  124. Veneitta on December 5, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins

  125. MM on December 5, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins – May she fly with the Angels in Jesus’ name

  126. MM on December 5, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins – May she fly with the Angels in Jesus’ name

  127. MM on December 5, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins – May she fly with the Angels in Jesus’ name

  128. MM on December 5, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins – May she fly with the Angels in Jesus’ name

  129. Elle on December 5, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins

  130. Elle on December 5, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins

  131. Elle on December 5, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins

  132. Elle on December 5, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins

  133. Me on December 5, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Well, at least the baby wont have to grow up in a violent environment.

    Hopefully her grandparents will make wonderful parents!

  134. Me on December 5, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Well, at least the baby wont have to grow up in a violent environment.

    Hopefully her grandparents will make wonderful parents!

  135. Me on December 5, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Well, at least the baby wont have to grow up in a violent environment.

    Hopefully her grandparents will make wonderful parents!

  136. Me on December 5, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Well, at least the baby wont have to grow up in a violent environment.

    Hopefully her grandparents will make wonderful parents!

  137. Mr lee on December 5, 2012 at 10:37 am

    As a facilitator of Domestic violence perpetrator groups I am concerned about the attention given to the perpetrator and not the victims. I am a man against violence against women and I am also an advocate for respect for women in all areas of society. Please remember Kassandra and all other women out there who are still victims of a patriarchal society where men don’t think twice to take a life of a women who could be someone’s mother or sister.

  138. Mr lee on December 5, 2012 at 10:37 am

    As a facilitator of Domestic violence perpetrator groups I am concerned about the attention given to the perpetrator and not the victims. I am a man against violence against women and I am also an advocate for respect for women in all areas of society. Please remember Kassandra and all other women out there who are still victims of a patriarchal society where men don’t think twice to take a life of a women who could be someone’s mother or sister.

  139. Mr lee on December 5, 2012 at 10:37 am

    As a facilitator of Domestic violence perpetrator groups I am concerned about the attention given to the perpetrator and not the victims. I am a man against violence against women and I am also an advocate for respect for women in all areas of society. Please remember Kassandra and all other women out there who are still victims of a patriarchal society where men don’t think twice to take a life of a women who could be someone’s mother or sister.

  140. Mr lee on December 5, 2012 at 10:37 am

    As a facilitator of Domestic violence perpetrator groups I am concerned about the attention given to the perpetrator and not the victims. I am a man against violence against women and I am also an advocate for respect for women in all areas of society. Please remember Kassandra and all other women out there who are still victims of a patriarchal society where men don’t think twice to take a life of a women who could be someone’s mother or sister.

  141. Maria on December 5, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins

  142. Maria on December 5, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins

  143. Maria on December 5, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins

  144. Maria on December 5, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins

  145. SHELIA OWENS on December 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    KASSANDRA MICHELLE PERKINS REST IN PARADISE!

  146. SHELIA OWENS on December 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    KASSANDRA MICHELLE PERKINS REST IN PARADISE!

  147. SHELIA OWENS on December 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    KASSANDRA MICHELLE PERKINS REST IN PARADISE!

  148. SHELIA OWENS on December 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    KASSANDRA MICHELLE PERKINS REST IN PARADISE!

  149. bwngrls on December 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins

  150. bwngrls on December 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins

  151. bwngrls on December 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins

  152. bwngrls on December 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins

  153. Deborah on December 5, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins

  154. Deborah on December 5, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins

  155. Deborah on December 5, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins

  156. Deborah on December 5, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins

  157. Terri on December 5, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Kassandra’s Michell’s Perkins. May you rest in peace, and may we who remain behind, take up the cross of making sure your precious child know we care. May we also try to make sure an end to situations like your death end, cease, STOP!

  158. Terri on December 5, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Kassandra’s Michell’s Perkins. May you rest in peace, and may we who remain behind, take up the cross of making sure your precious child know we care. May we also try to make sure an end to situations like your death end, cease, STOP!

  159. Terri on December 5, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Kassandra’s Michell’s Perkins. May you rest in peace, and may we who remain behind, take up the cross of making sure your precious child know we care. May we also try to make sure an end to situations like your death end, cease, STOP!

  160. Terri on December 5, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Kassandra’s Michell’s Perkins. May you rest in peace, and may we who remain behind, take up the cross of making sure your precious child know we care. May we also try to make sure an end to situations like your death end, cease, STOP!

  161. Jasmine Puryear on December 6, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Kassandra Michelle Perkins we will not forget

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    Kassandra Michelle Perkins we will not forget

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    Kassandra Michelle Perkins we will not forget

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    Kassandra Michelle Perkins we will not forget

  165. lc on December 6, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Kasandra Michelle Perkins

  166. lc on December 6, 2012 at 9:46 am

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  169. Me on December 6, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Kassandra Queef-Master Perkins

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