MT. OILVE, Miss. (AP) - The celebrations of July 4 in this little town have taken on a sad aspect this year. For people here, it's not only the birth of the nation, it's the anniversary of the death of former NFL quarterback Steve McNair.
July 4 marks the 1-year anniversary of McNair's murder in Nashville. McNair, the former Alcorn State University and Tennessee Titans great, was shot and killed by his mistress, Sahel Kazemi, a 19-year-old who then turned the gun on herself. McNair was 36 and retired.
Mount Olive Mayor Robert McNair, not related, said the town identified with Steve.
He says that what happened last year on July 4 will never be forgotten here.
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