Former Saints defensive end Will Smith has died after he was shot and killed in a road-range incident late Saturday night in Louisiana. The shooting happened in the same city that he called home for so many years.
The shooting, according to the authorities, took place after an argument between Smith was rear-ended by another vehicle. At this time, the authorities are still investigating what a potential motive might be — if there is one.
Smith reportedly died behind the wheel, while his wife Racquel Smith was shot in the leg. The severity of her injury is not known at this time.
Cardell Hayes, whose 29-years-old, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Also, the authorities found a gun that was recovered at the scene.
“Heavy hearts w(ith) the senseless passing of our team Capt. Will Smith,” Saints head coach Sean Payton said on Twitter this morning. “Pray for his wife’s recovery and their children.”
Since the news broke on social media, former teammates and NFL players around the league posted heartfelt messages. Former teammate Reggie Bush said that he was sick to his stomach on Twitter. Former Saints lineman Jermon Bushrod had other things to say about the shooting.
“Were praying for the Smith family,” he said. “I’m hurting to hear about this news. This man had a beautiful family. His life taken away for nothing.
“No one should have to go out like that. Senseless dumba** violence has to stop. You work hard and help the community and go out like this?”
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