Friday, December 7, 2012

Kansas City Chiefs, Hunt family establish a trust for Zoey Belcher

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 12:27 PM

The Chiefs have established a trust for Zoey Belcher, pictured here with Kasandra Perkins and Jovan Belcher.
  • The Chiefs have established a trust for Zoey Belcher, pictured here with Kasandra Perkins and Jovan Belcher.
When Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed Kasandra Perkins and then committed suicide December 1, he orphaned the couple's 3-month-old daughter, Zoey.

The Kansas City Star reported that prior to committing suicide, Belcher asked Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli if he and Clark Hunt would care for his daughter.

The Kansas City Chiefs announced Friday that the organization has formed a trust fund for Zoey - the Zoey Michelle Belcher Irrevocable Trust. The franchise established the trust through contributions from the Hunt family, Chiefs players, coaches and staff."

The trust was established at UMB Bank, which "will act as corporate trustee and work in conjunction with Zoey's legal guardian to ensure that the money is used for her benefit."

"Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and everyone affected by the heartbreaking events of last Saturday," Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a press release. "As we continue to struggle with the emotional pain from the tragedy, the Chiefs family is focused on helping 3-month-old Zoey Michelle Belcher as she faces the challenge of growing up without the support of her parents. Zoey will always be a part of the Chiefs family, and we hope that this trust will help to ensure she has the resources necessary as she grows up."

The fund is accepting public donations. A press release from the Chiefs says anyone interested in donating should first consult a tax adviser because donations to the trust are not generally tax-deductible.

Checks should be made payable to: UMB Bank, N.A., Trustee of the Zoey Michelle Belcher Irrevocable Trust. Contributions may be sent to:

Zoey Belcher Trust
UMB Bank - Attn: Trust Division
P.O. Box 419226
Kansas City, MO 64179

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