Memorial for McNair planned for Thursday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A public memorial and viewings for former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair are scheduled for later this week in Nashville.

The first of two viewings will be held at the Lewis and Wright Funeral Home from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

A second viewing will follow at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church located at 7594 Old Hickory Boulevard in the Whites Creek community from 3:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

The memorial service, also at Mt. Zion, will begin at 7 p.m.

The McNair family attended Mt. Zion, the largest church in Nashville, made up of three locations, on Jefferson Street, in Whites Creek and in Antioch.

Church member Jerry White said McNair was gone a lot Sundays but his family would frequent the Antioch location.

“They would come in with their Titan jerseys on, as a lot of our members did, and catch the earlier service so they could make the football game,” White said.

The sanctuary at the Whites Creek location can hold 4,500 people.

The church has overflow areas where another 1,000 people can see the service and overflow parking locations nearby with shuttle service to the church.

White said, “This is important for the whole city of Nashville and we look forward to a large turnout.”

A second memorial service will be held Saturday at Reed Green Coliseum in Hattisburg, Mississippi, on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi.

McNair, 36, was from Mount Olive, a small town nearby.

Fred McNair, the slain quarterback’s oldest brother, said his family is in disbelief over his brother’s death and he is trying to stay strong.

“A lot of guys come up to me and ask are you all right, I say, ‘I’m fine just trying to hold up for mom and the family and stuff like that.’ I’ve been pressing myself a little bit but I think I’ll be okay. But it’s just a state of shock,” Fred McNair said.

Steve McNair and 20-year-old Sahel Kazemi, who police said he had been dating for several months, were found shot to death inside a condo McNair rented in downtown Nashville Saturday afternoon.

Police say McNair was the victim of homicide, though they aren’t yet ready to label Sahel Kazemi’s death a suicide.

Instead of flowers, fans are asked to make a donation to the Steve McNair Foundation.

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