Super Bowl Winner Will Smith Shot to Death in New Orleans on Saturday
Former Saints’ DE Will Smith shot to death in his vehicle.
On Saturday night, around 11:30 PM, former Saints’ DE Will Smith and his wife Raquel were shot while in their vehicle in the Lower Garden District in New Orleans. Smith was pronounced dead on the scene and his wife was hospitalized with two gunshot wounds to her legs. The incident occurred during a heated argument between Smith and another driver, who took out a handgun and shot Smith multiple times according to the police report.
The driver of a Hummer H2 struck Smith’s Mercedes G63, causing the Mercedes to strike a dark Impala, leading to words being exchanged and ended as Will Smith shot to death. Saints’ spokesman, Greg Bensel, called the incident “a senseless and tragic loss.” Smith was only 34 years old.
As a college player, Will Smith recorded 21 sacks, garnered both All-American and defensive player of the year honors, and won a National Championship in 2003. Drafted in 2004 as the 18th overall pick, Smith spent 9 years with the Saints until he tore his ACL in a preseason game against the Houston Texans in 2013.
He was signed the following off-season by the New England Patriots, but later released by the team.
During his 9 productive seasons with the Saints, he recorded 67.5 sacks, the fourth highest in team history. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2006 and was part of the Saints’ team that won Super Bowl XLIV in 2009.
Will Smith Shot to Death Story a Continued Trend of Violence
Despite the outpouring of support on Twitter from friends, family, and members of the Saints’ organization, one can’t help but wonder if there’s an eventual end to the swelling wave of violence against professional athletes. Will Smith shot to death is just the newest story to hit.
In 2007, Redskins safety Sean Taylor was shot and killed in his own home. On July 28, 2010, former NBA player Lorenzen Wright’s body was found and due to an emergency call not being properly traced and diverted, the case still remains unsolved. The list goes on without any bias against any sport in particular. They all share the same message: Young men and women with their lives cut tragically short. Now, Will Smith, a young man from Utica, New York trying to enjoy life after football has been added to that list.
Cardell Smith, driver of the Hummer, has been arrested and charged with second degree murder in the case. The Smith family has asked that their privacy continue to be respected. Smith is survived by his wife, Raquel, and his children William, Wynter, and Lisa.