Long-Time New Orleans Saint Killed

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith was shot and killed early Sunday after a traffic accident.

An emailed statement from New Orleans city coroner Jeffrey C. Rouse said that Smith died “of multiple gunshot wounds” after a traffic accident on Camp Street. The former defensive end was 34 years old.

Police say a suspect has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith, who was shot and killed Saturday night.

New Orleans Police Department spokesman Tyler Gamble on Sunday identified the suspect as Cardell Hayes, 29. Gamble said the investigation was ongoing but did not release further details.

28-year-old Cardell Hayes is charged with second-degree murder following the death former New Orleans Defensive End Will Smith.
28-year-old Cardell Hayes is charged with second-degree murder following the death former New Orleans Defensive End Will Smith.

Authorities say Hayes killed Smith after the two argued following a traffic accident in New Orleans late Saturday.

Police say Smith’s wife was also shot and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The New Orleans Saints have released a statement following the death of former defensive end Will Smith, who was shot and killed late Saturday in New Orleans.

Executive Vice President and General Manager Mickey Loomis says that the entire organization is deeply saddened by Smith’s death and noted that he was “an important contributor to numerous charitable causes” and a “cornerstone” of the team that won the Super Bowl in 2009.

Among Smith’s charitable causes was the Smith Family Christmas event that provided 60 needy families with holiday meals, gifts and a behind-the-scenes tour of the club’s practice facilities.

Smith leaves behind a wife, Racquel, and three children.

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