Over the weekend, former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair, 36, was found dead in a Nashville condominium from multiple gunshot wounds—including two to the head. Alongside his body was 20-year-old Sahel Kazemi, also dead from a single gunshot wound to the head. A pistol was found nearby her body.
Only in the immediate aftermath of their deaths has McNair's affair with the Iranian beauty come to light. And as fans mourn the passing of the beloved pro-footballer, speculation has been mounting over whether this tragedy was a "crime of passion." According to The Tennessean, Kazemi and McNair met at a Dave and Buster's Grand Sports Cafe, where Kazemi worked. The two had been dating for months, unbeknownst to McNair's wife. Losing My Husband, Then Learning Of His Infidelity
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Authorities have not officially ruled the case a murder-suicide, but stated that they are not looking for any suspects. Because of the circumstances of the bullet wounds, the focus has turned to Kazemi as the possible shooter.
"She is the sweetest girl, and she did not deserve this," said Keith Norfleet, an ex-boyfriend of Kazemi, to The Tennessean. "He was making her believe they were going to be together and everything would be perfect." Diary Of A 23-Year-Old Mistress
Just days before the July 4 shootings, Kazemi was pulled over by authorities for a DUI. McNair was in the car with her, but authorities allowed him to go home in a cab. He later paid for her bail.
Obviously there are plenty of questions left unanswered, but if the case eventually pans out to be a love affair gone terribly wrong, it will be a chilling reminder of how volatile and dangerous affairs can become.
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A 2006 study by the Violent Policy Center shows that 74 percent of murder-suicides involve an intimate partner. Though roughly 90 percent of such crimes are committed by men, cases such as McNair and Kazemi's show that even women can be driven to murder when emotions get out of hand.
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