Friday, July 10, 2009
On July 4, 2009, McNair was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds along with his girlfriend Sahel Kazemi in a condominium rented by McNair at 105 Lea Avenue in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.
McNair was shot twice in the body and twice in the head, while Kazemi had a single gunshot wound to the head. McNair was asleep on a couch when the shooting occurred. The bodies were discovered by McNair's friends Wayne Neely and Robert Gaddy, who called 911.
The Nashville police declared McNair's death a murder-suicide, with Kazemi as the perpetrator and McNair as the victim.The 9-mm gun used was found under Kazemi's body and later tests revealed she had gun powder residue on her hands. Kazemi had a worsening financial debt and also suspected that McNair was seeing another woman.
The married McNair had been dating Kazemi, a young 20-year-old Iranian-American, in the months prior to their deaths.Two days before their deaths, Kazemi was pulled over in a black 2007 Cadillac Escalade in Nashville with McNair in the passenger seat. The vehicle was registered to both McNair and Kazemi. She was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. McNair was not arrested, and instead was allowed to leave in a taxi.
On July 6, police stated that the gun found at the scene of the crime under Kazemi's body had been purchased by her after her release from jail on the DUI charge.
Titans owner Bud Adams released a statement regarding McNair:
“We are saddened and shocked to hear the news of Steve McNair's passing today. He was one of the finest players to play for our organization and one of the most beloved players by our fans. He played with unquestioned heart and leadership and led us to places that we had never reached, including our only Super Bowl. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they deal with his untimely passing.”
In a statement to the AP, Ozzie Newsome, executive vice president and general manager of the Baltimore Ravens, stated:
“This is so, so sad. We immediately think of his family, his boys. They are all in our thoughts and prayers. What we admired most about Steve when we played against him was his competitive spirit, and we were lucky enough to have that with us for two years. He is one of the best players in the NFL over the last 20 years...”
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