Former New Orleans Saints Will Smith Killed In Road Rage Dispute
Former New Orleans Saint defensive end Will Smith was shot and killed Sunday (April 10) following a road rage dispute.
According to reports, after a traffic collision with a Hummer H2 in New Orleans’s Lower Garden District, the 34-year-old NFL champ “exchanged words” with the driver of the hummer, at which time he then produced a handgun and shot Smith several times. Smith’s wife was also shot twice and transported to a nearby hospital.
New Orleans police arrested 28-year-old Cardell Hayes after the shooting and charged him with second-degree murder. Police say a gun was recovered at the scene. Smith was drafted by the Saints in 2004 and spent all nine seasons with the team until his retirement in 2012.
Saints Head Coach Sean Payton took to Twitter to speak on the tragedy, calling Smith’s death “senseless.”
Heavy Hearts w the senseless passing of our Team Capt. Will Smith. Pray for his wife’s recovery and their children. pic.twitter.com/VomR0Sut6M
— Sean Payton (@SeanPayton) April 10, 2016