Prayers Up: "PLEASE GOD HELP ME GOD I GOT BABIES PLEASE GOD" Heartbreaking Words From Racquel Smith Former Saints DE Will Smith Wife As She's Wheeled Off On A Stretcher
Most are aware that 34-year-old Will Smith, a former defensive end for the New Orleans Saints was shot and killed at 11: 30pm Saturday night, while in his Mercedes SUV with his wife Racquel Smith, who was also shot in the leg in an apparent road rage attack. Smith was a first round NFL draft pick in 2004 by the Saints and was on the Super Bowl-winning team in 2010. "He ranks fourth among the Saints' all-time sack leaders and is considered one of the franchise's great defensive players." Before his NFL career, Smith earned the All American honors for helping his school, Ohio State University win the 2002 BCS championship. Smith was released by the Saints in 2014, signed to the New England Patriots, but was cut before the start of the season. Read more on yesterday events here.
It was reported that, 28-year-old Cardell Hayes, was driving a Hummer H2 when he careened into the back of Smith Mercedes SUV in the Lower Garden District at Sophie Wright Place and Felicity Street, police confirmed. Smith allegedly "exchanged words" with Hayes, who retrieved a gun, firing six shots according to witnesses. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene, while his wife who was also shot, is recovering in the hospital from two gunshots wounds to the leg. Hayes was taken to New Orleans Parish Prison and booked around 8 a.m. Sunday on second-degree murder.
Before his untimely death, Smith was seen in the above image, posted on social media an hour before his death, with former New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas and former New Orleans Police Department commander Billy Ceravolo. It was alleged that Hayes who is ironically a former security guard for the Saints, did not kill Smith due to road rage or due to exchanged of words, but as revenge. Hayes filed a lawsuit against the city of New Orleans after his father, Anthony Hayes was shot dead by police in 2005, just 500 yards away from where he killed Smith 11 years later. Both shootings occurred at the Felicity street intersection. According to records, Ceravolo in the image above, was named in that lawsuit. The ex-attorney for Hayes provided confirmation that Ceravolo who is a 25-year Veteran was one of the defendants in the case against the city. The former New Orleans Police Department commender told WWLTV that he was not at the scene of the shooting and is friends with Thomas and Smith. According to Hayes current attorney, John Fuller, he told NBC News that his client Hayes was 'not the aggressor' and 'is not guilty'. 'He is completely competent and completely aware of what he did.' Witnesses accounts in videos from the scene below, are completely different from what was initially reported.
Smith wife Racquel, in a gut-wrenching video below can be heard screaming " Please God, help me God, I got babies, please God." Referring to the couple three children. Lisa Mya Smith, William J. Smith, and Wynter Chase Smith. Watch below. We are definitely praying for the family, especially these innocent faces.
Witnesses accounts below, is completely different than the initial report. Hayes current attorney is claiming that the information listed above are all coincidence and that his client car was hit from the back first. He attempted to pull over and called 911, but the Mercedes that hit him (allegedly Smith car), left the scene. Hayes than followed the vehicle to get a license plate, hitting Smith car from the back. Smith got out and also threatened that he had a gun...allegedly. That threat led Hayes to pull out his weapon, killing Smith and injuring his wife. If the claims that Smith hit Hayes car first and fled the scene is accurate, Hayes is in the wrong for following him. He should have stayed parked where his car was hit, call 911 and give a description. Following Smith led to his death. We do understand that, the initial instinct is to follow, but allow law enforcement to do their job. The mindset of, waiting until a gun is produced will be too late for me, so I will end your life first is scary. There are too many coincidence above to ignored. The same street as Hayes father death, the police commander and so much more. We will continue to update you all as the case progress.
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