Saturday, July 4, 2009

Steve McNair, Former Tennessee Titan, Dead of Gunshot Wound in Nashville

Steve McNair was one of the toughest football players in the history of the NFL. He played hurt most of the time. A gunshot wound to the head is something even he could not overcome.

Steve always gave back to the Nashville community. His work with kids will be remembered.
He was not one of the millionaire thugs that often give sports a bad name. It's sad.

In the big scheme of things, professional sports and their icons mean little and are often a diversion to what is really important. Violence is rampant in our society. It happens to those in all walks of life. Only the famous get the publicity. Taken down by a woman? Sometimes that's the way it goes when one crosses the line too many times. Consequences cannot always be foreseen.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Former Titans quarterback Steve McNair has been killed. Police said McNair suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head in downtown Nashville.

The incident happened near 2nd South & Lea Avenue. The call came into police at 1:35 p.m. A crowd began to gather in the area where Steve McNair's body was found Saturday afternoon.

"When police officers arrived in response to that call, they found two individuals who had been shot to death inside the residence: one female, one male. We now know that the male deceased is Steve McNair. The female deceased has been tentatively identified. We're working to confirm that and then notify her next of kin," said Don Aaron with Metro Police on the situation. {more}

McNair played in the National Football League for 13 seasons before retiring last year. He was a three-time Pro-Bowler and the 2003 co-MVP of the league.McNair aided in the revitalization of the Jefferson Street area with Gridiron9, near Tennessee State University. He could be found at the restaurant sweeping floors and talking to people. Restaurant patrons have remarked upon how accessible he was, and many wrote messages to the athlete Saturday afternoon on the windows of Gridiron9. {more}
Steve McNair's History with Nashville - video

McNair's most famous play was the last one of Super Bowl XXXIV on Jan. 30, 2000 when his pass and catch by Kevin Dyson came up less than a yard short to tie the game as time ran out.

This game and now his death will be what he is be most remembered for.

For many in the Nashville area, this story is much more heartbreaking than that of Michael Jackson.

Updates later.
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McNair, left, Kazemi, right.

Steve McNair and Sahel Kazemi killed

Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair was killed in an apparent murder-suicide with a young woman he met at a local restaurant and have been dating for at least a few months.

McNair, the hometown hero who did extensive charity work in Nashville, died of several gunshots and was found on the sofa, police said. Sahel Kazemi, 20, was found alongside him in a Second Avenue condo he rented. She had a single gunshot wound to her head; a pistol was found near her body.

Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said they were leaning toward certain scenarios based on the evidence, but they hadn’t ruled anything out. Still, they were not actively looking for suspects Saturday night.

“The medical examiner will be conducting autopsies (Sunday),” Aaron said. “We expect to make additional conclusions after the autopsy process.”

Though much of the attention was on the Second Avenue crime scene, police also swarmed at the Cherry Creek apartment complex in Hermitage. They were questioning neighbors who said they often saw McNair visiting Kazemi. Sometimes, neighbors said, she would arrive home in a limousine in the early morning hours. She showed up with a new black car she said was a gift from her boyfriend.

She was arrested in that car, a black Cadillac Escalade registered to she and McNair, just two days before the deaths. She was charged with driving under the influence and refusing to take a breath test.

Keith Norfleet, Kazemi’s boyfriend for four years before they broke up five months ago, said he came to pick up the car for Kazemi.

Norfleet said McNair was in the car with her when the stop occurred, a fact that was not in the police affadavit but was confirmed by police Saturday night. McNair later bailed Kazemi out, according to bail bondsmen.

Norfleet said she told him she was seeing McNair, who she met while working as a waitress at Dave & Busters. He was worried about her dating a married man and hopeful they’d get back together. They had been living together for four years, since they moved from her family’s home in Jacksonville, Fla., to Nashville.

“She is the sweetest girl, and she did not deserve this,” Norfleet said upon learning of her death. “He was making her believe they were going to be together, and everything would be perfect.”

Though they were broken up, Norfleet said they’d been speaking a lot recently and she planned to break it off with McNair. He said she banged on her door early Saturday morning, but he didn’t get there fast enough.

“She was a very strong, independent girl. A hard worker,” Norfleet said. “I mean, she had a huge heart. She was very caring, very loving.”

UPDATED: 9:10 P.M.

Police have confirmed the female victim is Sahel Kazemi, 20.

Police have confirmed that Steve McNair suffered several gunshots, and Kazemi died of one gunshot to the head.

"The medical examiner will be conducting autopsies tomorrow," Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said. "We expect to make additional conclusions after the autopsy process."

A car registered to Steve McNair and 20-year-old Kazemi was stopped two days ago on Broadway.

The driver and co-owner, Sahel Kazemi, was charged with driving under the influence and refusing to take a breath test. The car was a 2007 black Cadillac Escalade.

Earlier today, a black Escalade was towed from the condominium complex on Second Avenue where McNair and a female who has not yet been identified by police were found dead this afternoon.

It is not clear whether this is the same vehicle involved in the DUI arrest.

Steve McNair is married to Mechelle McNair.

UPDATED: 9:05 P.M.

Police have confirmed that Steve McNair suffered several gunshots, and the woman with him died of one gunshot to the head.

"The medical examiner will be conducting autopsies tomorrow," Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said. "We expect to make additional conclusions after the autopsy process."

A press conference is scheduled for 9:30 p.m.

UPDATED: 7:30 P.M.

The bodies of Steve McNair and an unidentified young woman were found today by a longtime friend of McNair’s.

Wayne Neely, who also rents a condominium with McNair, arrived to find the bodies inside the condo on Lea Avenue off Second Avenue South, said Metro police spokesman Don Aaron.

The building at 105 Lea Avenue is registered to Charles Cardwell.

McNair appears to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds, Aaron said.

Neely and another man, Robert Gaddy, were interviewed by police and released, Aaron said.

from The Tennessean

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From CNN
(CNN) -- Former NFL quarterback Steve McNair was shot multiple times, including once in the head, at a Nashville, Tennessee, condominium, authorities said Saturday.

Police said they found McNair and a woman identified as Sahel Kazemi shot to death after receiving a phone call about an injured person.

Kazemi sustained a gunshot wound to the head, authorities said. Police also said a pistol was found near Kazemi's body.

Asked whether the shooting was a murder-suicide, Don Aaron, spokesman for the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department, said investigators have not classified the incident yet. He said investigators have not ruled out anything, but added they were not "actively looking at suspects" Saturday night. {more}


  1. It's very unusual for a female to committ suicide by gun? They usually prefer pills or cut wrists.

    Multiple gunshots into McNair? That's also more a male response.

    Wonder where Kazemi's old boyfriend was at the time of the shooting?

  2. My wife has been saying essentially the same things.

    In a fit of insanity/jealousy possibly fueled by drugs she certainly could have done it. In her DUI arrest a couple days earlier it has been reported she said she was not drunk but high.

    Here's the latest:
    “We believe the pistol recovered from the apartment was purchased by Kazemi,” Metro spokesman Don Aaron said.

    Police said the possibility of a murder-suicide is still on the table, but there are several other theories of the crime still possible.

    Kazemi’s ex-boyfriend, Keith Norfleet, was questioned for several hours by police yesterday. Aaron said he is not a suspect, and there are still no suspects being actively pursued.

    “He was cooperative during questioning, then he went on his way,” Aaron said.