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Remembering Will Smith

Remembering Will Smith

Heather Jacques / Contributor

Will Raymond Smith III grew up in Uitca, New York where he played high school football and moved on to play for Ohio State University. After, he was picked up by the New Orleans Saints during the first round of the National Football League (NFL) 2004 draft. Establishing himself early in his career as an elite defensive end in the NFL, playing defensive end for the Saints, he was a crucial player in the team’s 2009 Super Bowl victory.

As news gets around of the shooting that occurred on April 9th, many will be mourning the tragic loss of Will Smith this week. From an ABC News report, “Smith was rear-ended while driving in New Orleans's Lower Garden District on Saturday night, causing him to hit a vehicle in front of him, police said. The driver of the vehicle that hit Smith, identified by police as Cardell Hayes, ‘exchanged words’ with the former football player after the crash. Hayes, 28, then drew a handgun and shot Smith several times, police said.”

In this unfortunate event, Smith just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Kim Kardashian West tweeted “Will, you were an angel to your family on earth and you will continue to be in the life after. May God bless you!” Kim also went on to say “My heart breaks for my sweet friend Rockie. I’m deeply saddened by your loss.” Smith is survived by his wife, Rockie (who was also injured in the shooting rampage and sent to the local hospital) and his three children. His team took to social media with their condolences, Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager, Mickey Loomis, stating Smith developed as a “leader to become one of the cornerstones of a team that would go on to win the Super Bowl… Will’s contributions to both our franchise and our community as a whole will always be remembered.”

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