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Girlfriend shot McNair, then self

JEALOUSY drove Steve McNair's 20-year-old girlfriend to shoot the former star National Football League quarterback to death while he slept and then to kill herself, the Nashville police chief said on Wednesday.

Sahel Kazemi shot McNair, 36, in the head while he dozed on the couch of his condominium in the early hours of Saturday, then pumped three more bullets into his head and body, police said.

She then sat down beside him and shot herself in the head, apparently intending to fall into his lap. Her body later slid to the floor of McNair's shared rented condominium.

"We think in the last five to seven days of her life many stresses were affecting her, with one of those doubts whether her relationship with Mr McNair was unraveling," Police Chief Ronal Serpas told reporters.

"We have no evidence that anyone else was involved," he said.

Kazemi was working as a waitress in Nashville when she met McNair, who bought her a Cadillac sports utility vehicle and took her on vacations.

Several days before the slaying, Kazemi had seen someone she thought might be McNair's new girlfriend leaving the apartment, and followed her, the chief said.

Kazemi, who came from an immigrant Iranian family, bought a gun for US$100 after concluding McNair, who was married with four sons, had a new girlfriend, Serpas said.

Her relatives have said she believed McNair planned to divorce his wife and marry her, though no divorce papers were ever filed. Police said Kazemi was also worried about money.


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