Steve McNair's Widow Expresses Thanks for Support

Steve McNair's Widow Expresses Thanks for Support
Steve McNair and wife Mechelle in 1997

07/24/2009 AT 04:05 PM EDT

The widow of slain former Titans quarterback Steve McNair has broken her silence for the first time since his death earlier this month.

Thanking those who have offered words of support, Mechelle McNair said in a statement released Friday afternoon, "Mere words are inadequate to express the gratitude that my family holds for all of the countless expressions of sympathy for the loss of my husband, Steve McNair. Your prayers, kind deeds and outpouring of support throughout this difficult time have been of tremendous comfort to us."

On behalf of herself and her family, she added, "May you be richly blessed for all that you have done and continued to do. You are appreciated beyond measure."

The former NFL star, 36, was killed on July 4 by girlfriend Sahel Kazemi, 20, who faced mounting debts that included payments on a Cadillac Escalade he'd helped her to buy, and who suspected him of seeing yet another woman who was not his wife, Nashville police said.
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