Ex NFL’er Will Smith Killed In A Case of Road Rage, Suspect Arrested

Will Smith Murdered

Sunday morning, a man was arrested in the shooting death of former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith.

According to police, Smith was rear-ended while driving in New Orleans’s Lower Garden District on Saturday night, causing him to hit a vehicle in front of him. The driver of the vehicle that hit Smith, identified by police as 28-year-old Cardell Hayes, “exchanged words” with the former football player after the crash.

Police state that Hayes then drew a handgun and shot Smith several times.

Hayes stayed at the scene, police said, and a handgun was recovered from the area. Hayes was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

Smith’s wife was also shot and transported to a local hospital. Police said her injuries were non-life-threatening.

On Sunday afternoon, a judge set bond for Hayes at $1 million and the suspect did not enter a plea.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said police had no information leading them to believe that Smith and Hayes knew each other prior to the shooting.

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Over the weekend, prior to the incident, Smith was in good spirits and posted the Instagram photo below. [ABC News]

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Authored by: Kellie Williams