Will Smith, former defensive end for the New Orleans Saints was tragically killed by multiple gun shot wounds on April 9.
While driving in New Orleans’ Lower Garden District last Saturday, the former NFL player was rear-ended, which forced him to hit the vehicle in front of him. The man who hit Smith was identified as Cardell Hayes by witnesses in the area, as stated by CNN News.
Before police arrived at the scene of the crash, Hayes pulled out a handgun and shot Smith and his wife multiple times. New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) reported Hayes remained at the crash until the police arrived, according to ABC News. Smith was found dead at the scene and his wife was rushed to the hospital, but her injuries were not life-threatening.
Hayes was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. His lawyer, John Fuller, said Hayes is not guilty, and he shot at Smith believing he was reaching for his own gun.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued a statement on the fatal shooting. “I am shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith. My thoughts and prayers are with Will’s family and those who loved him dearly,” he said. “The senseless acts of violence have to stop. Traffic accidents should not lead to someone losing their life.”
The investigation on Smith’s death is ongoing.
Megan Rosen, Staff Writer
Sophomore Megan Rosen is a staff writer for the 2015-2016 Colonel. She is on the volleyball team.