The NFL is mourning the tragic loss of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith, who was shot and killed on April 9 during an apparent road rage incident. Players from different NFL teams took to Twitter to grieve Will’s death.
The NFL just lost another great one. Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith, 34, was tragically shot and killed on April 9 in an apparent road rage shooting in New Orleans. Upon hearing the awful news, players like Mark Ingram II, Terrence Fede, Darren Sproles and more mourned Will’s untimely passing.
Devastated. Lord please be with the Smith family at this tragic time. Nonsense man…
— Mark Ingram II (@MarkIngram22) April 10, 2016
Were praying for the Smith family. I'm hurt to hear about this news. This man had a beautiful family. His life taken away for nothing 😔
— Jermon Bushrod (@j_bushrod7475) April 10, 2016
Crazy world we live in smh.. Rest in peace Will Smith
— Terrence Fede (@T_Fede) April 10, 2016
Hurt right now. Lord please be with Will Smith's family.
— Darren Sproles (@DarrenSproles) April 10, 2016
Rest In Peace Will Smith. 🙏🏿 Lord please be a covering over his Wife and Family #NFLFamily
— Leon Washington (@Leon_Washington) April 10, 2016
R.I.P Will Smith
— Lamar Miller (@millertime_6) April 10, 2016
Prayers up for the Smith Family during this difficult time. Sad to hear about the senseless killing of Will Smith. May he rest in peace.
— Kawann Short (@kk_mr93) April 10, 2016
Will’s vehicle was hit by a Hummer H2 at around 11:30 p.m. Will and the driver of the Hummer exchanged a few words before the driver shot Will multiple times, police said in a statement. How awful. Will died at the scene. Will’s wife, 33, was shot twice in the leg and taken to the hospital. Cardell Hayes has since been arrested and charged with the second-degree murder of Will.
A spokesman for the New Orleans Saints tweeted this statement after Will’s death: “A senseless and tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Will Smith – his wife Racquel – his children William, Wynter and Lisa.”
New Orleans Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis later released a new statement: “Our entire organization is deeply saddened and our condolences go out to Will’s wife, Racquel, their children and their entire family. Will came to New Orleans 12 years ago and quickly developed both on the field as a player and off the field as a leader to become one of the cornerstones of a team that would go on to win a Super Bowl. In our community he was an important contributor to numerous charitable causes to benefit those in need. Will’s contributions to both our franchise and our community as a whole will always be remembered.”
Will was drafted by the NFL in 2004. He played nine seasons with the New Orleans Saints. He was a defensive end for the team when they won the Super Bowl in 2009. He was signed by the New England Patriots in 2014 and released in 2015. He will be missed.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Will’s family and friends during this difficult time.