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Former NFLer Will Smith Shot, Killed In Apparent Road Rage Incident

Police say the former New Orleans Saints defensive end exchanged words with a driver who crashed into his car before the shooting.

By Matt Moreno | April 10, 2016

Former Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot and killed in New Orleans, Louisiana, late Saturday night. 

Police say Smith was driving with his wife, Racquel, when a Hummer rear-ended his Mercedes G63 SUV. Smith and the driver of the Hummer exchanged words. Shortly after, police say the Hummer's driver opened fire. 

"I actually spoke with some witnesses last night. ... They said they heard the gunshots, several shots, some saying as many as five. They came rushing out and saw Racquel Smith, Will Smith's wife, on the ground screaming," WWL-TV reports

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Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife was taken to the hospital with two gunshot wounds to the leg.

New Orleans police arrested and charged 28-year-old Cardell Hayes with second-degree murder in connection to the shooting. 

Saints head coach Sean Payton, who coached Smith for seven of his 10 seasons in the league, tweeted Sunday: "Heavy Hearts w the senseless passing of our Team Capt. Will Smith. Pray for his wife's recovery and their children."

Smith was drafted out of Ohio State by the Saints in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He was a Pro Bowler in 2006 and won a Super Bowl with the team in 2009. 

Smith is survived by his wife and three children. A statement on behalf of the Smith family thanked people for the "outpouring of support and prayers" and asked for privacy.

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