NEW ORLEANS, LA – The National Football League has lost another member of the NFL family. Former long-time New Orleans Saint’s defensive end Will Smith was gunned down in New Orleans’ Lower Garden District on Saturday night after a traffic collision turned violent.
According to New Orleans police, the 34-year-old was shot after an argument with the driver of a Hummer H2 that ran into the back of his Mercedes G63 SUV, causing him to strike another vehicle in front of him.
Both Smith and his wife Raquel were shot multiple times by the gunman, hitting her twice in the leg. She was taken to the hospital while Smith wouldn’t make it, being pronounced dead on the scene.
Luckily, the 30-year-old driver of the Hummer who fired those shots was arrested, with the handgun that was used to shoot the couple in the hands of the police department as well.
Former Saints running back Pierre Thomas was on the scene shortly after the incident and reportedly had been out with Smith and his wife.
Smith was drafted by the Saints with the 18th overall pick in 2004 out of Ohio State. He spent all nine of his seasons with the Saints and last played in 2012. He was a Pro Bowler in 2006 and ranks fourth in Saints history with 67.5 career sacks. He had a career-high 13 during the Saints’ 2009 Super Bowl season.