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Apparent murder-suicide kills NFL star

GUNSHOTS: Steve McNair was found with multiple gunshot wounds, while a woman was found with a pistol near her body and one gunshot to the head


This combo shows Steve McNair, left, in a 2003 season file photo, and Sahel Kazemi is shown in an undated booking photo from the Davidson County Sheriff. The two were found dead with gunshot wounds in a condominium in Nashville, Tennessee.


Former star NFL quarterback Steve McNair was found shot to death in a Nashville condominium on Saturday, police said. A woman’s body was also found at the scene.

McNair, who was 36, suffered several gunshot wounds, the Nashville Tennessean newspaper reported, citing police. A 20-year-old woman that police identified as Sahel Kazemi was found alongside him with a single gunshot wound to her head and a pistol near her body, it reported.

The newspaper described the deaths as an apparent murder-suicide.

Police were called to the scene in the early afternoon.

“The circumstances surrounding the shooting deaths remain under active investigation,” Nashville police said in a statement.

Police department spokesman Don Aaron said no suspects had been taken into custody.

McNair, a hometown hero who did extensive charity work, played 13 seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Tennessee Titans and its predecessor team, the Houston Oilers.

Drafted by the Oilers in 1995 out of Alcorn State College in Mississippi, McNair led the Titans to their only Super Bowl appearance — after the 1999 season, losing to the St Louis Rams. He was the NFL’s co-MVP in 2003, and was selected for the Pro Bowl three times.

McNair ended his career with the Baltimore Ravens and retired after the 2007 season.

Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason, a former teammate, said: “Steve was such a happy person. I even called him ‘Smile.’ He was always smiling and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. I’ve known him for 13 years and he was the most selfless, happiest and friendliest person I have known.”

McNair last month opened a restaurant in Nashville — Gridiron9.

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