Former Saints DE Will Smith Killed Saturday Night

Former Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot and killed in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans late Saturday night, according to Wilborn P. Nobles III of The Times-Picayune. More details were provided by, which reported that Smith’s Mercedes SUV was rear-ended by a Hummer H2, and the impact caused Smith’s SUV to rear-end the vehicle in front of him, driven by one of Smith’s friends.

At approximately 11:30pm, Smith exited his vehicle and began arguing with the driver of the Hummer, who has not yet been identified but who is reportedly 30 years old. The driver allegedly “unloaded a fusillade of bullets” at Smith and his vehicle–a witness said she heard six to eight gunshots–and Smith was ultimately found slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle, which appeared to have a bullet hole in the windshield.

Aug 16, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Will Smith (91) against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. Smith’s wife was shot in the leg multiple times, but is expected to survive. The driver of the Hummer and another person have been apprehended and are being questioned, and the gun used in the shooting has been recovered.

The Smith family has issued the following statement (Twitter link via Evan Woodberry of The Times-Picayune):

“On behalf of the Smith family, we are thankful for the outpouring of support and prayers. We ask that you continue to respect the family’s privacy as they grieve the loss of a devoted husband, father, and friend.”

Smith was a highly productive player for the Saints after being selected by the club in the first round of the 2004 draft. The Ohio State product, who also excelled at the collegiate level, posted 67.5 career sacks, including double-digit sack totals in 2006–when he earned his first and only Pro Bowl nod–and 2009. He was also an integral part of the Saints’ Super Bowl run in 2009. He did sign on with the Patriots prior to the 2014 campaign, but he was released by New England before the regular season began.

We at PFR offer our thoughts and condolences to Smith’s family and friends.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images


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  1. Jesus Christ , this whole comment comment thread other than 2 people is just freaking ridiculous … How about everybody have respect for a person that was just killed and take your surf somewhere else.. All lives matter regardless of race, skin and religion … The first 4 comments are what’s wrong with this country, turning everything into race smh… My thoughts and prayers goes out to will and his family

  2. How does this guy have the cojones to plead not guilty? He unloaded a clip on Smith and his wife.

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