Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot to death in a suspected road-rage incident on Saturday night, New Orleans police and the coroner’s office said.
Cardell Hayes, 29, was later arrested and charged with second-degree murder, New Orleans Police Department spokesman Tyler A. Gamble announced on Sunday.
According to police, Smith, 34, and his wife, Racquel, were traveling in New Orleans’ Lower Garden district when a Hummer H2 rear-ended their Mercedes G63. Hayes, who was driving the Hummer, and Smith exchanged words before Hayes allegedly shot Smith. Smith’s wife was shot multiple times in the leg.
Smith’s teammates and other NFL staffers expressed their shock and offered condolences to Smith’s family.