Man Arrested In Shooting Death of Ex-Saints DE Will Smith (Mugshot)

New Orleans police have arrested Cardell Hayes for the shooting death of former Saints defensive end Will Smith.

New Orleans police announced that Hayes has been booked for second-degree murder after allegedly shooting both Smith and his wife after a traffic accident caused by Smith.

“We are devastated and saddened by Will’s tragic and preventable death due to a senseless act that will leave a lasting scar on our community forever,” Saints owner Tom Benson said in a statement. “Will was more than an exceptional football player he was a father, a husband, a son, a brother and teammate to so many and an inspiration to countless more. He will be greatly missed by all those he touched and impacted both on and off the football field and his legacy will continue to shine. The Saints family is hurting and devastated as it has lost a member too young and too soon.”

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