Racquel Smith is recovering after suffering two gunshot wounds to the leg in a road rage incident that ensued this past weekend in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans. Her husband, NFL star Will Smith, was murdered.


The deadly shooting took place on Saturday night after Will and Racquel left the French Quarter Fest. It was a day reserved just for the couple as the kids were not present during the fest and dinner that Raquel and Will enjoyed.

Such enjoyment was short lived when, upon leaving the restaurant and heading home, Raquel and Will were rear ended by a Hummer in the Lower Garden District. “At some point, the … driver of the Hummer and Smith exchanged words,” a police statement reveals. “The … male driver produced a handgun and shot Smith multiple times, the female victim was also shot to the leg.” Will Smith died at the scene while Racquel was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Many remember Will as powerhouse. One of his fellow ‘Saints’ players describe him as “a force on the football field, a team and locker room leader both on and off it as a defensive team captain.” The NFL star leaves behind two daughters, Wynter and Lisa, and a son named William.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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Comments 5

  1. WhateverGal says:

    that is terrible…may his FAM and friends heal quicly

  2. bck reader says:

    truly senseless death. this man didn’t have to die. road rage is real.

  3. Dejalen says:

    My heart is broken for his family. Road rage is a serious thing!

  4. Nonya says:

    So unfortunate this occurred. What a crying shame. I’m praying for this man’s family. May the shooter burn in hell.

  5. Ateya says:

    This truly break my heart. My Condolences to his wife and family. This is just horrible…

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