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Thousands flock to ex-NFL QB McNair's funeral

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Steve McNair is receiving 1 of the biggest funerals in recent Mississippi history.

The hearse backed up next to the floor of Reed Green Coliseum here on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi to deliver McNair's silvery-gray casket. McNair's wife, Mechelle, and his mother, Lucille, were escorted in by police.

Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre sat a few rows behind the McNair family. Titans coach Jeff Fisher and quarterback Vince Young, Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis and Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler also are attending.

At least 4,500 turned out, though organizers had anticipated a capacity crowd of 8,000.

McNair was shot and killed on the Fourth of July by Sahel Kazemi, a 20-year-old girlfriend who then shot herself in the head.

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