No signs of forced entry, third party in McNair shooting

Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 4:23pm

While Metro Police on Sunday reiterated it is still investigating the deaths of Steve McNair and Sahel Kazemi — saying “all scenarios are still on the table” — new clues seem to suggest a murder/suicide.

At a press conference Sunday afternoon, Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron told reporters that there were no signs of a third party, no signs of forced entry, and the door was locked at the downtown condominium where the bodies were found early Saturday.

McNair's death was ruled a homicide, Aaron said, but Kazemi's death has not been classified.

McNair, 36, was found on a living room sofa with two bullets wounds to the chest and two to the head, Aaron said. Kazemi, he added, was found on the floor near McNair with a single bullet wound to the head.

The condo, at 2nd and Lea Avenues in Rutledge Hill, was co-rented by McNair and Wayne Neely, the friend who first discovered the bodies.

Police, while investigating the crime scene, later found a semi-automatic pistol underneath Kazemi’s body.

“Mr. McNair was shot at close range,” Aaron said when pressed on whether the discovery of the weapon underneath Kazemi indicated a murder/suicide scenario.

"You can lean certain ways in an investigation, but you can't be closed-minded," he said "…As I’ve already stated, all scenarios are still on the table.”

Metro Police acknowledged that McNair had visited two businesses on Friday night and that interviews with friends and acquaintances that had contact with him are being conducted. Those interviews include staff and managers at the Blue Moon Lagoon restaurant and Losers bar in Nashville.

Police are also talking to Keith Norfleet, identified as a former boyfriend of Kazemi, 20, and are waiting to talk to members of Kazemi’s family, who Aaron said were traveling to Nashville.

Norfleet told police that the former Titans quarterback had met Kazemi while she was working as a waitress at Dave & Buster’s in OpryMills.

McNair and Kazemi were involved in a steady relationship and were dating, according to Aaron.

He said the department is still awaiting results of the autopsy, including toxicology and ballistic reports, but said those results could take weeks.

“We need to know answers just as you are asking for answers,” he told reporters.

For the initial report on McNair’s death, click here.


5 Comments on this post:

By: deshannon on 7/5/09 at 5:35

it a shame that we have lost a great person an a wonderful football player he will be missed by a lot of people. it's a shame that someone had to take his life so soon.His family is in our prayers GOD BLESS.

By: bfra on 7/5/09 at 9:59

It would not have been hard for that ex-boyfriend to have obtained a key, thus there would be no need for a forced entry! I hope they investigate him thoroughly.

By: TITAN1 on 7/6/09 at 7:40

I'm not sure it has been posted on this site, but a friend of the ex-boyfriend posted on his my space two days before the bodies were found "F...... a quarterback, who is McNair in 09. RIP, Sahel Kazemi." Since then, the account has been deleted.

By: sidneyames on 7/6/09 at 8:09

bfra, you are correct and my thoughts are that if the ex-boyfriend stated that he helped her out, then who's to say she didn't open the door for him? My thoughts are not really with Steve. Sorry folks. I'm strongly thinking about his REAL wife and his real family, his four sons who are all now faced with the embarrassment and pain that comes with a cheating husband and father. But of course, Steve was such a saint that we can't talk about the truth. He was involved in risky behavior frequently, ie, guns in his car and drinking (even though he got off). Now this type of scenario usually has an unhappy ending for those involved. If he was dating a crazy, then I'm not surprised that she did this. And it takes a crazy person to shoot themselves in the head. Nothing, no nothing that any man can say or do would make me take my own life. I just pray his wife gets the answers she needs and the support she needs. He was probably the love of her life because the photos of them together seem to reflect that. He was a generous man and loved by many, but he made bad choices.

By: greenfrog on 7/6/09 at 9:25

I am disgusted by Steve McNair's 'so called' long time friends...Wayne Neely (co-owner of the condo) and the big daddy Gaddy guy.
They are piranha's who are on the gravy train...afraid to ever say..."Steve, you're messing up"............or NO STEVE!!!..........
They are the same caliber of folks that hung around Michael Jackson. If celebrities surrounded themselves by REAL FRIENDS...they may not self destruct like our beloved McNair has done.
Such a terrible loss...and a terrible waste.