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Police say Will Smith’s death appears to be a case of road rage

Former Saints DE Will Smith was shot and killed on early Sunday morning in New Orleans. Mike Florio sends his condolences to Smith's family and discusses just how important he was to the Saints' community.

Former Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot and killed on Saturday night in what police say appears to be a road rage incident.

“It appears that it could possibly have been road rage,” New Orleans Police Officer Juan D. Barnes Sr. said.

Smith was driving and his wife was in the passenger seat when their car was hit by a Hummer, causing Smith’s car to hit a third vehicle.

“The male victim and the driver of the Hummer exchanged words at which time the driver of the Hummer produced a handgun and shot the male victim multiple times and his 34-year-old wife twice in the right leg,” police said in a statement.

The 30-year-old Hummer driver is in police custody.

Smith’s wife was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment for her leg injuries. They have two sons and a daughter.