Former NFL player Will Smith was shot and killed Saturday night in a road rage incident. Reportedly, he and his wife, Racquel Smith, were headed home from dinner at around 11:30pm in New Orleans’s Lower Garden District when Smith’s car was rear ended, causing him to crash into another car. After the collision, according to New Orleans Police, Smith and the man who rear-ended him, 28-year-old Cardell Hayes, exchanged words before Hayes pulled out his handgun and fired several shots at Smith.
Smith was pronounced dead at the scene and his wife also suffered two gunshot wounds to her right leg. Her injuries aren’t life threatening.
Hayes did not flee the scene after the shooting. His lawyer claims he is not guilty and insinuated that Hayes only fired his gun because he believed Smith was going for his gun, according to the Associated Press.
Hayes was charged for second-degree murder and his bond was set at $1 million.
Just hours before the shooting, Smith posted a picture with his wife on Instagram, captioned: “having a blast at the #fqf2016.”
Kim Kardashian and Nene Leakes sent their condolences on Instagram.
My heart breaks for my sweet friend Rockie. I’m deeply saddened by your loss. Will, you were an angel to your family on earth and you will continue to be in the life after. May God bless you! Sending so many prayers to her and her family!!! May the Lord surround her and her children with love and protection during this devastating time.
A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on
@greggleakes and I wake up sadden by the news we’ve received about the death of our friend @iwillsmith and injury of his wife my girl @Rockie91 we were just texting yesterday planning our next couples nite out. I am in complete shock! My prayers are with the entire Smith family! I love you Will #RIP
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Will Smith was the defensive end for the New Orleans Saints, after being picked first round in the NFL Draft. The team won the Super Bowl together in 2010 vs the Indianapolis Colts. Smith has three beautiful children with his loving wife; Wynter, William, and Lisa Smith.
We are praying for the Smith family during this tragic time and may he rest in peace.
Written By: Rahkiya Brown