McNair’s Killer Text-Messaged Her Growing Stress

Published October 20, 2009

Nashville Police released a volley of text messages between former NFL quarterback Steve McNair and his lover Monday, revealing that she had grown irritated over having to share him with his wife and family before killing him and committing suicide.

Photos: Steve McNair's Life and Tragic Death

On July 4, 20-year-old Sahel Kazemi shot McNair to death in a downtown Nashville condominium shortly after texting him to say that she was stressed, needed money and wanted to spend some time with him. "Baby I might have a break down im so stressed," Kazemi said in one text message. "baby i might need to go to the hospital. baby whats wrong w(ith) me i can hardly breath(e)."

The day before, she told her shift manager at the Dave & Busters restaurant, "My life is just sh** and I should end it. The manager, Sonya New, said Kazemi was sad and did not seem to be her usual self.

Throughout the day of the murder-suicide, as police describe the tragedy, Kazemi continued to text the 36-year-old, married father of four.

"baby what are u doing," Kazemi asked.

"At the pool with the kids. I got the guy transferring the money," McNair replied, according to CNN.

At 4:04 p.m. on July 3, CNN reports, Kazemi said, "baby I have to be w(ith) u 2nite. I dnt care where." The messages continued for more than eight hours before McNair said he was on his way to the condo. He had told Kazemi earlier that he wouldn't leave the house "til the kids fall asleep."

McNair and Kazemi exchanged a final series of messages early July 4, when he asked her to leave the front door to the condo open for him.

A final message, sent at 1:14 a.m., simply said, "its open."

About 12 hours later, a friend of McNair's found their bodies, according to CNN.

Written by <P>By BET.com Staff</P>

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