Investigators are hesitant to conclude that Steve McNair’s girlfriend Sahel Kazemi killed the NFL star and herself because she didn’t appear to have a motive.
That said, a murder-suicide is still the most likely scenario.
After the couple was discovered shot to death on Saturday, police were quick to label Steve McNair’s death a homicide. He had been shot twice in the head and twice in the chest. Sahel Kazemi was dead from a single gunshot to the head.
Under her body was a gun the 20-year-old had purchased less than two days before the killings. Investigators were waiting on ballistics tests on the weapon before issuing a ruling on Kazemi’s death, which could come in the next few days.
Kazemi’s gun purchase, which was revealed earlier this week, is a strong indication that she was responsible for the deaths of McNair, 36, and herself.
Steve McNair and Sahel Kazemi were found dead Saturday. [Photo: TMZ]
Nevertheless, an apparent lack of motive by Sahel Kazemi has officials being careful about exploring every possibility, including the unlikely but plausible scenario that a third party could have killed them and staged the scene.
Their relationship lacked typical indicators of trouble, such as concerned family members and friends, police reports, restraining orders, etc.Instead of "we should have seen this coming," Kazemi’s family said she was very happy, and wanted to marry McNair (who was already married).
McNair was shot in each temple and twice in the chest. Three of the shots were taken from a distance, but one of the shots to the temple came from inches away. The gun that killed Kazemi was in contact with her head when it discharged.
Police spokesman Don Aaron said the case may not be as neatly resolved as people would like: “It may be we’ll never know exactly why this happened.”
Much of what’s known publicly about the affair comes from what Kazemi told her family: She was preparing to move in with McNair and believed he was going to divorce his wife, though no court records of divorce proceedings have surfaced.
Then early Thursday, Kazemi was arrested for DUI while driving a Cadillac Escalade, one registered in both of their names. Steve McNair was with her but wasn’t charged, and police allowed him to leave the scene. He later bailed her out.
That night, Sahel Kazemi went alone to buy the handgun.
On Friday night and early Saturday morning, McNair was seen with friends in two Nashville bars. A witness said that McNair arrived at a condominium he leased sometime between 1:30 and 2:00 a.m. Kazemi’s car was already there.
The couple had been dead for hours when McNair’s friend Wayne Neeley, who leased the condo with him, found the bodies at around 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Police have said that the death timeline leaves some questions unanswered.