Steve McNair and woman found shot to death in Nashville

July 5th, 2009 - 12:27 pm ICT by admin  

Steve LaTreal McNair NASHVILLE, Tennessee (BNO NEWS) — Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair was found dead in downtown Nashville on Saturday afternoon, police officials told BNO News. A deceased female friend was also found.

The bodies were found shortly before 1 p.m. by a friend of McNair, according to police spokesman Don Aaron. The bodies were found inside the living room of a condominium at 2nd Avenue South and Lea Avenue. According to Aaron, the female friend was identified as Sahel Kazemi, a 20 year-old female.

The medical examiner staff determined that McNair was shot “multiple” times but officials did not say how many. Kazemi was found with a single gunshot wound to the head. Autopsies are expected to be conducted on Sunday.

It is not exactly clear what happened at the condominium. One witness told police that McNair arrived at the condominium in the early morning hours of Saturday. Kazemi’s vehicle, according to the witness, was already there when he arrived. A pistol was recovered close to Kazemi’s body but, as of Saturday evening, police officials have not yet confirmed it was a murder-suicide.

McNair jointly rented the condominium with his friend and sporting goods dealer Wayne Neeley. Neeley arrived at the condominium shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday and found both McNair and Kazemi shot.

Neeley first telephoned McNair’s friend, Robert Gaddy, who immediately came to the scene. It was Gaddy who placed the call to police at 1.35 p.m. It was not immediately clear why police were not immediately called, or if one of the victims was still alive when Neeley arrived on the scene.

Steve McNair was married to Mechelle McNair and, although there was no official word, The Tennessean newspaper reported that McNair had been dating Kazemi for several months.

Last Thursday, Kazemi was arrested for DUI while driving a 2007 Cadillac Escalade registered to both her and McNair. McNair was in the front passenger seat of the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop, which took place at around 1.20 a.m. on 9th Avenue and Broadway. McNair was deemed to be not in violation of the law and left the scene by taxi.

Metro Police Homicide detectives are continuing with their investigation.

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