Late Saturday night, former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot and killed following an apparent road-rage incident. Dr. Jeffrey Rouse confirmed that Smith was the victim early Sunday morning.
According to the police, his wife Racquel Smith was shot twice in her right leg, as well. She received treatment for her injuries at University Medical Center in New Orleans.
The shooting reportedly happened around 11:30 PM after there was a three-car accident near Sophie Wright Place and Felicity Street. The incident happened in the Lower Garden District of the city.
Cardell Hayes, 28-years-old, has been booked with second-degree murder on Sunday morning. He’s bond is currently set at $1 million with no 10%.
Hayes does have a criminal history, as he pled guilty as a first-time offender in 2014 to illegal carrying of a weapon. Also, he was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
For this, he was sentenced to six-months probation.
According to police spokesman Juan Barnes, a Hummer H2 rear-ended Smith’s Mercedes-Benz SUV. The impact of the rear-ending caused Smith’s vehicle to also rear-end another vehicle.
Smith and Hayes reportedly had words after the crash, according to the police, before Hayes allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Smith several times, according to the police.
The former NFL player was died on the scene. The authorities also recovered a gun at the scene, as well.
“We are thankful for the outpouring of support and prayers,” a Smith family statement said. “We ask that you continue to respect the family’s privacy as they grieve the loss of a devoted husband, father and friend.”
The police do not believe that the two men knew each other. However, they’re still investigating the motive.
As a Saints player, he had 67.5 sacks, which is fourth-highest in team history. He spent ten-years with the team, including starting the team’s Super Bowl win over the Indianapolis Colts.
He also won a National Championship with the Ohio State Buckeyes, before being drafted with the 18th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.
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