What's not up for debate is that Belcher was drunk, and while that's sad because who knows if Belcher would have flown into a similar rage had he not been, learning he was drunk wasn't a surprise. And that's why the other detail, one gleaned from an autopsy of Perkins, is not just sad but horrifying: Perkins was shot nine times.
The autopsy report released Monday says Perkins was shot in the neck, chest, abdomen, hip, back, leg and hand.
This was, obviously, an awful story no matter the details of Perkins' death. No matter how it happened, it was a violent tragedy. But seeing that list of body parts where she was shot... man. The list seems almost endless, and if anything, we don't even want to think about it too much because focusing on the gruesome how of the murder feels like it detracts from where the focus should be, which is on the victim. The information is worth reporting, and those who've been following this story ought to hear it, but... man. There's not much more we can add. And at this point, we're not sure there's much anyone should add.