April 10, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Former Saints defensive end Will Smith murdered
Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was murdered in a road-rage incident in New Orleans, according to police. New Orleans police have arrested Cardell Hayes and booked him on second-degree murder charges. Smith was shot and killed and his wife was wounded. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Will and his wife Racquel, but more importantly with their children, William, Wynter and Lisa who are suffering and just starting to realize and deal with an unimaginable loss," Saints owner Tom and Gayle Benson said in a statement. "We are devastated and saddened by Will's tragic and preventable death due to a senseless act that will leave a lasting scar on our community forever. Will was more than an exceptional football player he was a father, a husband, a son, a brother and teammate to so many and an inspiration to countless more. He will be greatly missed by all those he touched and impacted both on and off the football field and his legacy will continue to shine. The Saints family is hurting and devastated as it has lost a member too young and too soon.” Smith, 34, and his wife had a Mercedes rear-ended by a Hummer H2. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. After an argument, Smith was shot multiple times and his wife was shot twice in the right leg. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife went to the hospital. Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.