Former New Orleans defensive end, Will Smith was fatally shot this weekend following a three car traffic collision. Smith was 34. Smith was driving in New Orleans with his wife, Racquel at the time of the accident when he was shot multiple times.
According to ESPN, Smith exchanged words with the driver of the vehicle that rear-ended him and the driver fired several shots at Smith and his wife. Racquel was shot twice in the right leg and taken to the hospital, and Smith was pronounced dead at the scene when EMS arrived. Smith and Racquel have three children together.
Cardell Hayes, 28 has been charged with second-degree murder in Smith’s death. The handgun used in the shooting has allegedly been recovered.
Fox news are now reporting that Smith’s death was the result of a ‘murder’ and an investigation is under way regarding a possible ‘revenge plot’ that placed Smith on the target list. Smith was shot in the back and on the side.
” Just Hours Before The Deadly Confrontation Saturday Night, Smith Had Dinner With Former New Orleans Police Officer, Billy Ceravolo And They Were Pictured Together. The Shooting Suspect, 28- year old Cardell Hayes, Had Sued The City’s Police Department Over A 2005 Police Shooting That Killed His Father, Naming Ceravolo As One Of The Defendants. “
Fans and friends of the star were saddened by the news and many took to social media to express their condolences to Smith , Racquel and family along with fondest memories of the star, and his philanthropy works in New Orleans.
— FOX Sports Radio (@FoxSportsRadio) April 10, 2016
Lookin at pics of #WillSmith & his family Gut wrenching & heartbreaking 4 his loved 1s & every family that’s lost some1 2 senseless violence
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) April 10, 2016
A senseless and tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Will Smith – his wife Racquel – his children William, Wynter and Lisa.
— Greg Bensel (@GregBensel) April 10, 2016
— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) April 10, 2016
My heart breaks for my sweet friend Rockie. I’m deeply saddened by your loss. pic.twitter.com/7zNtilrFpA
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 10, 2016