Ex-Saints DE Will Smith shot dead; suspect charged with second-degree murder

By on April 10, 2016

(USA Today) NEW ORLEANS — Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was killed in a shooting spurred by an apparent road rage incident late Saturday. Orleans Parish Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Rouse confirmed Smith’s identity early Sunday morning.

Smith’s wife Racquel also was shot twice in the right leg, police said, and was treated at University Medical Center.

The shooting happened about 11:30 p.m. after a three-car accident near Sophie Wright Place and Felicity Street in the Lower Garden District, New Orleans Police Department spokesman Juan Barnes said.

New Orleans police booked 28-year-old Cardell Hayes, 28, with second-degree murder on Sunday morning. The Advocate reports Hayes pled guilty in 2014 as a first-time offender to illegal carrying of a weapon as well as possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to six months probation.

 A Hummer H2 rear-ended Smith’s Mercedes-Benz SUV, Barnes said, causing Smith’s vehicle to rear-end another car driven by one of his friends.

Smith, 34, and the driver of the Hummer “exchanged words” before the driver of the Hummer pulled out a gun and shot Smith multiple times, police said.

Smith died on the scene.

Police recovered the gun used in the shooting, Barnes said.

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