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KANSAS CITY, Mo. –Breaking their silence for the first time, the family of the woman shot and killed by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher said Monday their “hearts are truly broken” and asked for privacy while they grieve the loss of two loved ones.


Belcher shot and killed his 22-year-old girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, at their Kansas City home Saturday before driving to Arrowhead Stadium, where he committed suicide in the practice facility’s parking lot, police said. The couple had a 3-month-old daughter, Zoey.


“Our hearts are truly broken for Kasi was a beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, mother, cousin and friend,” the family said in an emailed statement. The family also asked that the media “respect our privacy during this difficult time.


“Please keep us in your hearts and prayers as well as the Belcher family,” the statement said.


Kansas City police Sgt. Marisa Barnes said Monday authorities hope to deliver an investigative report to prosecutors today.


“They’re moving it along just like any other case. There’s a formal process it has to go through,” she said.


Dan Ferguson, a spokesman for Jackson County, said the medical examiner’s office has completed examinations on the bodies of both Belcher and Perkins. A full autopsy report would not be available for six to eight weeks, he said.


Foles will start at QB for Eagles: Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid says rookie Nick Foles will be the starting quarterback even when Michael Vick returns from a concussion.


Reid made the announcement Monday after Foles had his best performance in a 38-33 loss at Dallas Sunday night.


Foles, a third-round pick, has started the last three games since Vick was injured Nov. 11.


Jets face QB quandry: Rex Ryan is undecided on his starting quarterback for the New York Jets’ next game, a day after he benched Mark Sanchez in favor of third-stringer Greg McElroy in the team’s win over Arizona.


Ryan said Monday he needs “a little more time to make that decision,” adding he wants to consult with his coaching staff. He expects to decide who’ll start at Jacksonville Sunday by the time the team practices Wednesday.


Bounty hearings conclude: The latest round of appeal hearings in the NFL’s bounty investigation have concluded with appearances by former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress, Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt and linebacker Jonathan Vilma.


Vilma says his appearance went well but declined further comment citing a request for confidentiality by former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who has been appointed to oversee the proceedings.


A person familiar with the situation says Tagliabue expects to rule by early next week, meaning Vilma and Saints defensive end Will Smith expect to play Sunday against the New York Giants. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of Tagliabue’s directive.


Smith, suspended four games, and Vilma, suspended for the entire current season, are playing while their appeals are pending.


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