Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot and killed Saturday night in New Orleans in an apparent road-rage attack. Police say Smith's vehicle was hit from behind by a Hummer, and Smith exchanged words with the driver. The driver of the Hummer shot Smith and his wife. Smith died at the scene, and his wife has been hospitalized.
Smith was 34 years old, and a father of three children. He played nine seasons in the NFL, all with the Saints, and was a part of the Super Bowl-winning team in 2010.
The NFL community was stunned by the news. The Saints offered their prayers to the Smith family in a statement released Sunday morning.
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"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. 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."
Many of Smith's former teammates expressed their shock and anger on social media.
Devastated. Lord please be with the Smith family at this tragic time. Nonsense man...— Mark Ingram II (@MarkIngram22) April 10, 2016
Shocked, crushed, & broken over this. Please pray for the family of my friend & brother Will Smith. Tragic beyond words. Love you, Will.— Scott Fujita (@sfujita55) April 10, 2016
To the leader and the man who showed me the ropes when I got in, the big bro to me when I was a rook. Will Smith I kno God has you now, @rockie91 my condolences to you and the Fam, if you and the Fam need anything I'll be here #GodBless #RIP91
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Heavy Hearts w the senseless passing of our Team Capt. Will Smith. Pray for his wife's recovery and their children. pic.twitter.com/VomR0Sut6M— Sean Payton (@SeanPayton) April 10, 2016
Sick to my stomach! This one hurts— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) April 10, 2016
Words can't express how much I will miss my teammate and friend Will Smith! With a heavy heart I'm praying hard for his wife and family...— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) April 10, 2016
Sad to hear the terrible news about Will Smith, he was a great person and I will forever remember the times I had with him. #RIPWillSmith— Rob Ninkovich (@ninko50) April 10, 2016
Hearing the news of Will Smith is heart breaking. Lord please be with this family during this difficult time.— Cj Spiller (@CJSPILLER) April 10, 2016
Hurt right now. Lord please be with Will Smith's family.— Darren Sproles (@DarrenSproles) April 10, 2016
A man loses his life over a collision? A wife becomes a widow over a argument? 3 children lose their Daddy over NOTHING!— Mike McGlynn (@Greezy_75) April 10, 2016
I'm sick. I love you big homie. #LongLive91— Mark Ingram II (@MarkIngram22) April 10, 2016