NASHVILLE – Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair was found dead Saturday in an apparent murder-suicide with a young woman he met at a local restaurant and had been dating for at least a few months.
McNair, 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 Nashville 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 police 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 tomorrow,” Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said. “We expect to make additional conclusions after the autopsy process.”
Wayne Neely, a longtime friend of McNair’s who also rents a condominium with the former Tennesee Titans quarterback, arrived Saturday to find the bodies inside the condo, said Aaron.
Though much of the attention was on the condo crime scene, police also swarmed 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.
Earlier Saturday, a black Escalade was towed from the condominium complex where McNair and Kazemi were found dead.
It is not clear whether this is the same vehicle involved in the DUI arrest.
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.”
McNair is survived by wife, Mechelle McNair, and four sons, Junior, Steven, Tyler and Trent.
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