UPDATE: McNair's Death Ruled Homicide

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Police are calling the shooting death of
former NFL quarterback Steve McNair a homicide, but they haven't
yet reached a conclusion about the death of the 20-year-old woman
found with him.

Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said Sunday that the two
had been dating the past several months.

Aaron says McNair was shot four times, twice in the head. The
woman, 20-year-old Sahel Kazemi, was killed by a single gunshot
wound. The pistol was found near her body.

The 36-year-old McNair, a four-time Pro Bowl selection who was
married with four children, and Kazemi were found dead Saturday at
a Nashville condominium he shared with a friend.

McNair played most of his career with the Tennessee Titans
before he was traded to the Baltimore Ravens. He retired last year.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Police worked Sunday to unravel the relationship between slain former NFL quarterback Steve McNair and his friend, a 20-year-old woman who was found shot to death alongside him in his downtown condominium.

McNair, who led the famous Tennessee Titans' drive that came a yard short of forcing overtime in the 2000 Super Bowl, was found dead on a sofa in the living room Saturday with multiple gunshot wounds, including one to the head. His friend, Sahel Kazemi, was very close to him on the floor, killed by a single gunshot. A pistol was discovered near her, but police said it took a while to find the firearm.

Authorities didn't immediately say who was to blame for the killings, but they weren't looking for any suspects.

Robert Gaddy called 911 after being alerted by a friend that something was wrong with McNair. Gaddy had been friends with McNair since they played at Alcorn State. Police asked him not to discuss what he saw in the condo or McNair's relationship with Kazemi.

"I want people to know that Steve did not deserve this. A person as great as Steve McNair did not deserve to have his life ended in such a fashion," Gaddy told The Associated Press on Sunday morning.

McNair, 36, and Kazemi were together just two days earlier, when she was pulled over driving a 2007 Escalade registered to her and McNair. She was arrested on a DUI charges, and he was allowed to leave in a taxi.

McNair and Kazemi apparently knew each other from a restaurant the quarterback and his family frequented, but workers there wouldn't talk about their relationship. Police also refused to release any details about their relationship, simply calling Kazemi a "friend."

Autopsies were planned for Sunday.

Police spokesman Don Aaron said McNair's wife, Mechelle, is "very distraught."

"At this juncture, we do not believe she is involved," he said. "Nothing has been ruled out, but as far as actively looking for a suspect tonight, the answer would be no."

Fred McNair, Steve McNair's oldest brother, said some family members likely will travel to Nashville on Monday to consult with Mechelle.

"It's still kind of hard to believe," Fred McNair said. "He was the greatest person in the world. He gave back to the community. He loved kids and he wanted to be a role model to kids."

He said he did not know who Kazemi was.

The bodies were discovered by McNair's longtime friend, Wayne Neeley, who rents the condo with McNair. Neeley told authorities he went into the condo, saw McNair and Kazemi, but walked first into the kitchen before going back into the living room.

Neeley then called Gaddy, who alerted authorities. Gaddy called McNair's death a tragedy for the McNair family.

"People have certain things that they do in life. We don't need to look on the situation at this time (but) on the fact we just lost a great member of society," Gaddy said.

Police said a witness saw McNair arrive at the condo in the upscale Rutledge Hill neighborhood between 1:30 and 2 a.m. Saturday and that Kazemi's vehicle was already there. The condominium is located within walking distance of an area filled with restaurants and nightspots, a few blocks from the Cumberland River and within view of the Titans' stadium.

An arrest affidavit from Thursday said Kazemi had bloodshot eyes and alcohol on her breath when she was pulled over, but refused a breathalyzer test, saying "she was not drunk, she was high."

McNair and his family frequented the restaurant where Kazemi was a waitress, according employees and patrons of Dave & Buster's in Nashville. Keith Norfleet, Kazemi's ex-boyfriend, told The Tennessean newspaper that McNair and Kazemi met at the restaurant.

"She was reliable 90 percent of the time," manager Chris Truelove said of Kazemi. "She was pretty outgoing. A lot of the guests liked being around her, and she liked being around the guests."

Co-worker Shantez Jobe, 33, she said was friends with Kazemi.

"We talked about who had more fashion sense, and who was the cutest, and who could get more boys, you know some of the stuff girls do," Jobe said.

In June, McNair opened a restaurant near the Tennessee State University campus. It was closed Saturday evening, but had become a small memorial, where flowers, candles and notes had been placed outside the door.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Nashville police say former NFL
quarterback Steve McNair was shot multiple times and that the
20-year-old woman found dead with him in a downtown condominium was shot once in the head. A pistol was found near her body.

Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron identified the woman as
Sahel Kazemi, whom he called a "friend" of McNair's.

Autopsies were planned for Sunday.

Aaron says McNair's wife, Mechelle, is "very distraught" and
that police do not believe she is involved.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former NFL quarterback Steve McNair has been shot and killed.

Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron confirmed that police were called to a residence and found McNair and a woman shot to death inside. Aaron said authorities don't yet know the circumstances of the shooting.

"I don't have any answers for you now as to what's happened, who's responsible," he said.

Aaron said police have tentatively identified the woman but did not release her name.

McNair played 13 seasons in the NFL and led the Titans within a yard of forcing overtime in the 2000 Super Bowl. The former third overall draft pick also played for the Baltimore Ravens before retiring after the 2007 season.

"He was one of the finest players to play for our organization and one of the most beloved players by our fans," Titans owner Bud Adams said in a statement. "He played with unquestioned heart and leadership and led us to places that we had never reached, including our only Super Bowl."

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  • by Mark Location: NC on Jul 5, 2009 at 05:55 PM
    These guys do whatever they want. In the end money can't buy love or subdue emotions. Oh,and Hero? No. I don't think so.
  • by flipflop on Jul 5, 2009 at 03:34 PM
    Should have stayed at home with his wife and kids, but then again maybe she threw him out!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 5, 2009 at 02:01 PM
    Maybe fingerprints off the gun could give some leads...hmmm...just a guess.
  • by Pete Location: grifton on Jul 5, 2009 at 01:11 PM
    maybe the wife was fed up.it happens.
  • by THE O Location: HOUSTON on Jul 5, 2009 at 11:49 AM
  • by American Biker on Jul 5, 2009 at 04:07 AM
    How bout that .....
  • by voter Location: nc on Jul 4, 2009 at 11:36 PM
    i'm guessing a husband, lacking a sense of polically correct sharing and redistribution of the goodies. errrrra yo
  • by GBHB on Jul 4, 2009 at 10:49 PM
    Tad is my hero
  • by voter Location: nc on Jul 4, 2009 at 09:39 PM
    TAD; doctor,,,doctor,,,the sharpness of your scalpel. ! ! !
  • by Rob Location: NC on Jul 4, 2009 at 09:04 PM
    Right. A thug is a thug is a thug.
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