April 10, 2016
Two Philadelphia Eagles players took to social media Sunday to mourn the loss of their former teammate who was killed the day before.
Will Smith, a retired defensive end who played most of his career with the New Orleans Saints, was fatally shot in an apparent road rage incident Saturday in New Orleans.
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins played on the same Saints defense with Smith that won a Super Bowl title during the 2009 season. They also both played college football at Ohio State. He said he had a "heavy heart" over the loss on Twitter.
Words can't express how much I will miss my teammate and friend Will Smith! With a heavy heart I'm praying hard for his wife and family...— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) April 10, 2016
Eagles running back Darren Sproles played with Smith in New Orleans from 2011-2013. Sproles tweeted Sunday that he was "hurt."
Hurt right now. Lord please be with Will Smith's family.— Darren Sproles (@DarrenSproles) April 10, 2016
Sproles and Jenkins were one of a number of Smith's former teammates who expressed heartbreak over his death.
Police say Smith was driving in New Orleans when another vehicle hit his car. Words were exchanged, and at some point during the ensuing incident, suspect Cardell Hayes, 28, pulled out a gun and shot Smith multiple times, according to authorities. Hayes is in custody and has been charged with second-degree murder.
Smith, 34, leaves behind a wife and three children.