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« Reply #10 on: Jul 06, 2009 at 20:11 »

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Police say the gun found at the scene where former NFL star Steve McNair died was bought by his girlfriend less than two days before the two were shot to death.

Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said Monday that 20-year-old Sahel Kazemi bought the semiautomatic handgun Thursday evening from a person he didn't name.


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« Reply #11 on: Jul 07, 2009 at 09:50 »

It is a shame.  Tough guy, good player.  Thorn in our side for many years.  Not HOF caliber, but very respectable career.  Best compliment I can give him is that, on field anyway, I'd have been happy to see him wearing Black & Gold.  Think he would have been a great fit.

Murder/suicides are rarely committed by women, aren't they?  Very odd.
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« Reply #12 on: Jul 07, 2009 at 10:56 »

The HOF talk was inevitable in the aftermath... If you're not quite there but you get shot to death, then some slobbering radio talking head is gonna suggest you deserve it.  No disrespect intended.

Some speculation there could be a third party, maybe her ex, but it looks like a murder-suicide at this point. 

She's raised in Florida by an aunt, moved here from Iran, mother killed in Iran (?).  Five years ago, she moves to Nashville with her boyfriend, Keith Norfleet (makes her 15 at the time?).  She breaks up with him a few months ago.  Is working at Dave & Buster's a few months ago, drives a Kia, meets McNair while waitressing.  They begin dating.  Whether he is estranged from Mechelle McNair is not known.  As things progress, he tells Kazemi that he's getting a divorce from his wife, presumably because Kazemi doesn't want to just be relegated to the "other woman role."  No divorce paper documentation is found after the murders, but the McNair house is rumored to have been up for sale (?).

A lot of clarification of the above needed.  Anyway, the more recent timeline.

Sahel Kazemi buys a gun sometime Thursday, July 2, confirmed by police.  Later that evening, she and McNair are pulled over in the Escalade she is driving, which is registered to her and McNair and which he apparently bought.  The two have been dating openly for some time, their affair is known to her friends.  So why did she feel she needed to buy a gun?  She reportedly said McNair has "lots of guns"; did she feel threatened?  At the DUI stop, she says she's not drunk, she's high.  Was McNair also using drugs?  He leaves the scene in a taxi, and the incident makes the news.  Presumably, if Mechelle McNair was unaware of the affair before, she knew now. 

Friday, July 3, McNair goes out drinking with friends, but instead of returning home goes to a condo of a friend.  Sometime after midnight he visits Kazemi and around 2:00, he is shot four times, three times from beyond 3 feet and one time at close range.  Two shots to the body, one to the head, and a close shot to the head.  Someone is approaching and shooting and decides that one head shot is not enough, and goes for a closer head shot.  Kazemi is killed by a single shot to the head, with the gun against her head at the time of the shot.  Police do not initially find the gun because it is under Kazemi's body.

The two are found about 12 hours later by a former McNair bodyguard who entered the locked apartment (?).  There is a discrepancy between the discovery and the notification of police (?).  Police say that Mechelle McNair is distraught and not considered a suspect. 

Now, those are the supposed facts as I have read them.  Feel free to correct or add to them.  The timing of her buying the gun is what really jumps out.  Why did she buy it two days before the murder?  That seems to lessen the likelihood of a third party murderer, unless coincidence is rampant here.  If McNair delivers some bad news (he and Mechelle are reconciling, he lied about the divorce, he's breaking up with Kazemi), that would mean either she bought the gun with the intention of killing McNair, or that she bought it just before he broke the bad news (again, an unlikely coincidence).  If she was high and upset and considering killing him, the DUI stop may have simply delayed the inevitable.  McNair, who had not been home in a few days (?), needed to get drunk enough to face his girlfriend, meaning one or both of them were not coherent, and would be more likely to let emotions and anger go unchecked without being able to de-escalate. 

Friends and family are shocked that Sahel Kazemi could do this, but it seems like the actions of a jilted lover, who bought a gun with the intention of killing the man she could not have.  IMO, the sheer odds that she bought a gun for any innocent reason, or that someone else came into the apartment and made it look like a murder-suicide, are just too incredibly great.  The only curious detail is that police have still not posted details of powder to Kazemi's hand to identify her as the shooter, and have not ruled in the manner of her death as yet.  That leaves open the possibility of her as being a second homicide, but IMO it's merely a formality while forensics puts together the entire scenario.  If the ex-boyfriend committed the murders, how would he know that Kazemi had a gun, or where to find it?  He could have staked out her condo and forced entry, approached McNair shooting, and then executed Kazemi, staging a murder-suicide, but that's a pretty bad plan if he wasn't sure where the weapon would be.  If he were there and entered as McNair and Kazemi argued, she could have pulled a gun that he took away, but again, the time he decides to burst in on the two is two days after the gun is purchased.  What are the odds of that?

She seems like a young girl who always had one boyfriend, then she's on her own and then finds a megastar boyfriend.  She's naive, living a fairy tale fantasy of trading in her Kia lifestyle to become the next Mrs. McNair, and when reality crashes down (again) and she's a waitress at Dave & Buster's with no prospects and emotional baggage, she lets her judgment get clouded (drugs -- whether she did them before, the DUI shows she allowed them to get the best of her), and buys a gun as her anger mounts.

It may be less likely that murder-suicides are committed by women, but considering the dynamic here -- McNair had all the power, she had nothing left in her mind, and plenty of anger -- this sets up as a possible exception.

McNair didn't play this well, but he didn't deserve this fate.
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« Reply #13 on: Jul 07, 2009 at 11:01 »

OK, her condo was the one that McNair rented with the guy who found them.  Thought they were two different places.  Also explains how Neeley had access, but not why he waited 40 minutes.  WTF did he do for 40 minutes???

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Police found their bodies in the condo -- leased to McNair and his friend Wayne Neeley -- about 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The two had been dead for "a period of hours" before Neeley, who had to use a key to enter the building, discovered the clothed bodies Saturday afternoon, Aaron said. Neeley then called his friend Robert Gaddy, who arrived at the condo and called police.

"We believe it could have been 40 minutes or even longer," Aaron said, adding, "Suffice it to say we are concerned about the time that elapsed between the discovery of the bodies and the time the 911 call was made."

Asked whether the crime scene was "cleaned up" before police arrived, Aaron replied, "I would disagree that the crime scene was 'cleaned up.' "

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« Reply #14 on: Jul 07, 2009 at 11:55 »

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WTF did he do for 40 minutes???

If he listed all his McNair memorabilia on eBay, before the story breaks, he doesn't look like such a low-life chasing the buck, yet gets all the emotional bidders.

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« Reply #15 on: Jul 07, 2009 at 12:17 »

I remember hearing somewhere that McNair was found in a sitting position.  Which means either he was caught totally unaware until the first shot, or someone pulled the gun and told him to sit where he couldn't reach them.  Unlikely boyfriend would break in and overpower her with the gun with McNair there and no sign of struggle. 

Four shots, and I think amateur or emotional reaction or both.

Her buying the gun 2 days ago leans things heavily toward the jilted lover/murder/suicide theory.  Maybe she was upset she got the DUI booking while he drove off, or he didn't have/use enough influence to get her off the hook.  Maybe he told her it was over that night, leading to the next few days' events. 

If someone else pulled the trigger, why put the gun under her body?  Next to her hand would be more likely.
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« Reply #16 on: Jul 07, 2009 at 12:20 »

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WTF did he do for 40 minutes???

If he listed all his McNair memorabilia on eBay, before the story breaks, he doesn't look like such a low-life chasing the buck, yet gets all the emotional bidders.


True.

Plus some of that stuff, you want to mount and frame it nicely for better bucks...
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« Reply #17 on: Jul 07, 2009 at 12:35 »

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Plus some of that stuff, you want to mount and frame it nicely for better bucks...

Brinker???
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« Reply #18 on: Jul 08, 2009 at 15:21 »

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4313821

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Police in Nashville are confirming that ex-NFL star Steve McNair's 20-year-old girlfriend killed him before turning the gun on herself.

They say they may never know what was going through Sahel Kazemi's mind when she shot McNair in his condominium, but they say it's clear it was a murder-suicide.


Eventually a bullet.
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« Reply #19 on: Jul 08, 2009 at 16:20 »

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4313821

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Police in Nashville are confirming that ex-NFL star Steve McNair's 20-year-old girlfriend killed him before turning the gun on herself.

They say they may never know what was going through Sahel Kazemi's mind when she shot McNair in his condominium, but they say it's clear it was a murder-suicide.


Eventually a bullet.


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