|Will Smith, former New Orleans Saint was murdered by a cold blooded killer.|
Former New Orleans Saint Will Smith was gunned down after an apparent road rage incident. It was sparked feverish talk across the junk food media about gun violence in New Orleans.
World News Today send our condolences to the family of Will Smith.
Smith was drafted by the Saints in 2004 after playing college football with Ohio State. The 6-foot 3-inch (191 cm) defender played a decade with the Saints before he was injured in 2013 and his contract was terminated in 2014.
“This is such a tragic loss of life,” National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.
“Tragedy! Doesn’t even describe the terrible news of the Nola legend Will Smith! Praying for the Smith family! Rest in Love Will!” tweeted Saints’ offensive tackle Terron Armstead.
“In our community he was an important contributor to numerous charitable causes to benefit those in need,” Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis said in a statement.
During the Saturday night incident, his wife Racquel was shot in the legs and taken to the hospital, the police statement said. The Times-Picayune newspaper identified the woman as Smith’s wife.
The shooting came during a New Orleans food and music event, the French Quarter Festival, which Smith attended with his wife. Hours before he was killed, Smith posted a photo of himself and his wife on Instagram, saying “Having a blast at the #fqf2016.”
The shooting occurred in a neighborhood along the Mississippi River, adjacent to the French Quarter, known for art galleries, restaurants, bars and historic buildings.
|Will and his wife Racquel were shot by an ignorant murderer. Will was killed on sight and Racquel was injured badly.|
Smith was an American football defensive end in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Ohio State and was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2004 NFL draft, where he played for the entirety of his career.
The suspect, 28 year old Cardell Hayes, was arrested, and the handgun was recovered. After an investigation, the New Orleans Police Department charged Hayes with second degree murder.
Smith was a four year letterman at Ohio State from 2000-2003, he helped lead the Buckeyes to the 2002 BCS National Championship, and he was named a first-team All-American the following year.
The suspect is innocent until proven guilty. He could face the GAS if found guilty of capital murder.