NEW ORLEANS — Former New Orleans Saints defensive finish Will Smith was shot passed Saturday night in an apparent trade altercation, authorities said.
He was 34.
Smith was picked in a initial turn of a NFL breeze and was on a Super Bowl-winning group in 2010.
Hours before a shooting, he tweeted that he was “having a blast” Saturday night during a French Quarter Fest, an annual eventuality in a famed New Orleans district.
Smith’s former group reliable his death, and voiced a condolences.
“A meaningless and comfortless loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Will Smith — his mother Racquel — his children William, Wynter and Lisa,” pronounced Greg Bensel, a Saints’ clamp boss of communications.
Man in custody
New Orleans military pronounced Smith and his mother were both shot in an apparent trade rumpus late Saturday night nearby Magazine Street in a city’s Lower Garden District.
The span were in their automobile when a Hummer strike them from behind, causing their automobile to rear-end another car in front of them.
Smith and a Hummer motorist got into a confrontation, military said. The Hummer motorist allegedly shot him mixed times and his mother twice in a leg. She was ecstatic to a internal hospital.
The 30-year-old Hummer motorist stayed on a scene, and is in control undergoing questioning, military pronounced in a statement.
Smith’s former teammates and other NFL players took to Twitter to weep his loss.
Mark Ingram, a Heisman-winning using behind during Alabama who was drafted by a Saints in 2011, pronounced he was “devastated.”
“Lord greatfully be with a Smith family during this comfortless time. Nonsense male …,” he tweeted.
Former Saints actor Reggie Bush tweeted “life is too short” following reports of Smith’s death.
Smith ranks fourth among a Saints’ all-time pouch leaders and is deliberate one of a franchise’s good defensive players.
Before fasten New Orleans, a New York local was a standout during Ohio State University, earning All-American honors and assisting a propagandize win a BCS championship in 2002.
After college, Smith was comparison in a initial turn by a Saints in 2004 and perceived a Pro Bowl assignment in 2006. Smith had a career-high 13 sacks in a 2009 unchanging season, a deteriorate a Saints won a Super Bowl.
Two years later, though, he was one of 4 Saints players held adult in a supposed “bountygate” scandal. Smith was dangling for 4 games.
He was expelled by New Orleans in 2014, afterwards quickly sealed by a New England Patriots though cut before a deteriorate began.
Smith’s foundation, Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way, helped to offer high propagandize athletes in his hometown Utica, New York. He also sat on a advisory house of The Artists and Athletes Alliance.
His final open Facebook post shows him during a United Nations on Wednesday, a same day a universe physique celebrated a International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
He wrote on his personal website that he wanted to be an FBI representative following his football career.