“RIP Will Smith” is trending on Twitter, causing many to wonder if the famous actor Will Smith has died. The actor is fine, but a former Saints football player by the same name was tragically shot and killed on Saturday night.
Here’s what you need to know:
Will Smith, formerly a defensive end for the New Orleans Saints, was shot and killed late Saturday night in New Orleans, police told the Times-Picayune. A woman with him, whom some witnesses said was his wife Racquel, was shot in the leg. The shooting took place around 11:29 p.m. near Sophie Wright and Felicity streets, according to the Times-Picayune.
One staff photographer from NOLA.com tweeted a photo from the scene:
A witness said she heard six to eight gunshots. Smith was found unconscious over the steering wheel in a silver SUV, according to NOLA. The woman was taken to the hospital.
Fox 8 is reporting that Smith died of a road rage incident and the suspect is in custody.
Smith shared this photo on Instagram earlier in the day, enjoying his time in the French Quarter:
Smith had 13 sacks in 2009, which ended in the franchise’s only Super Bowl championship.
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