Steve McNair death investigation ongoing.
Former NFL, Tennessee Titan, and Baltimore Raven quarterback Steve McNair was shot to death Satrurday July 4, 2009. His body and that of his female companion Sahel Kazemi were discovered around 1:30pm, CDT in McNair's condominium near downtown Nashville. Today, Metro Police spokesman, Don Aaron indicated that Kazemi purchased a handgun last Thursday night from and unidentified individual, and that this pistol, a semi-automatic, is undergoing ballistics tests to determine if it was the gun used in the shootings. Also, other tests, GSR or gunshot residue, and possibly blood splatter tests are being conducted to further connect Ms. Kazemi's pistol to this incident. Those tests will take some time to complete, and until the results are made public, no one will fully know just what happened to McNair and Ms. Kazemi.
The two had become involved over recent months, and now appears they were in some kind of dating relationship, despite McNair's marriage and his children by that marriage. McNairs wife is not part of the investigation. News Channel 5, WTVF here in Nashville has reported that another woman had confronted McNair in a local establishment, possibly Thursday night, and accused him of drugging her drink on a previous occasion, and allegedly stated her boyfriend had threatened to kill him(McNair). However, this accusation has not yet been confirmed by anyone as of yet. Late Thursday night, Kazemi and McNair were pulled over by Metro Police, and Kazemi was booked on DUI charges after failing a field sobriety test. McNair was allowed to take a taxi home. Kazemi indicated to police she was not drunk, but high. This leads to greater speculation concerning the accusations of the second woman and the threats she conferred to McNair that night.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher, along with several current and former Titans players have expressed great sadness and are remembering the Steve McNair we all have grown to love and respect. While many in Nashville, and around the world rush to pass judgement on McNair, those who knew him best choose to remember his great talent, perserverance, and giving nature. McNair was not only a great football player, but a great humanatarian as well. He did much for the city of Nashville, and also gave assistance to recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which crashed upon the Gulf shores of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama a few years ago. While most in Nashville are remembering the Steve McNair, the football star, and the McNair, the humanitarian, no one can help but to ponder the ramifications and consequenses of McNair's behavior and the tragic events of Saturday. Till the final TBI and Metro Police test results are known, this investigation is ongoing.
A public memorial service will be conducted Thursday, July 9, at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Nashville at 7pm, CDT. Fans and well wishers all over the city have visited McNairs resturant, Gridiron9 near the Tennessee State University campus to leave messages and other tokens of rembrance and sympathy. McNairs public memorial will certainly be overflowing with even more friends, fans, and well wishers. One thing is sure, the death of Steve McNair, the situations that may have led to his death, and the influx of media upon Nashville, have negatively affected the citizens of Nashville and the state of Tennessee. For now, this tragedy and the events around it are like a cloud hanging over the city, and everywhere one goes, people are talking about McNair and his demise.
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