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.