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Posted: April 10, 2016

Former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith shot, killed

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By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot and killed late Saturday in New Orleans, according to the Times-Picayune. He was 34.

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New Orleans police said Smith and his wife were the victims of a double shooting about 11:29 p.m. Saturday in the city's Lower Garden District, the Times-Picayune reports. Smith and his wife reportedly were in their Mercedes SUV when a Hummer H2 struck their vehicle. After the impact forced Smith's SUV into another car, he and the Hummer's driver "exchanged words," police said.

"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," NOPD spokesman Juan Barnes said. The Hummer's driver is in police custody.

Smith's wife survived and was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, police told the newspaper. Smith died at the scene.

Smith, an Ohio State alum, was a first-round pick by the Saints in 2004. He played for the team until 2013.

NFL players took to Twitter to react to the news. Click here or scroll down to see what they were saying.

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