Will Smith, former Saints player, shot passed in apparent trade altercation


ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 30: Will Smith #91 of a New Orleans Saints looks on opposite a St. Louis Rams during a Edward Jones Dome on Oct 30, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis won 31-21. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS, MO – OCTOBER 30: Will Smith #91 of a New Orleans Saints looks on opposite a St. Louis Rams during a Edward Jones Dome on Oct 30, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis won 31-21. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 30: Will Smith #91 of a New Orleans Saints looks on opposite a St. Louis Rams during a Edward Jones Dome on Oct 30, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis won 31-21. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS, MO – OCTOBER 30: Will Smith #91 of a New Orleans Saints looks on opposite a St. Louis Rams during a Edward Jones Dome on Oct 30, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis won 31-21. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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.

‘Nonsense man’

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.

Career

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.

Charitable work

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.