McNair memorial services scheduled

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 7, 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A public memorial and viewings are scheduled later this week for slain former NFL quarterback Steve McNair.

A public memorial for McNair is set for Thursday at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Whites Creek, Tenn., from 3 to 6:45 p.m. A memorial service is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Another memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Reed Green Coliseum in Hattiesburg, on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. McNair, 36, was from nearby Mount Olive.

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Fans are asked to make donations to the Steve McNair Foundation.

The former quarterback was found shot to death inside a Nashville condo Saturday. A 20-year-old woman police say he had been dating was found dead beside him.

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

McNair’s death has also left the Boys and Girls Club of East Mississippi scrambling for a new speaker for its annual event on Thursday.

The club’s Celebration of Excellence in Meridian is a major fundraiser for the organization.

Clay Holladay, president of the club’s board of directors, says the organization wants someone with McNair’s commitment to working with young people.

The club serves more than 2,000 children at four locations in Lauderdale and Kemper counties.