Racquel Smith has two reasons to smile. The mother and widow of NFL star Will Smith took to Instagram earlier this week to share her heart about family and remember her late husband.

“A mothers love,” Racquel shared along with a picture of her embracing her son. “You’re doing a wonderful job,” one fan wrote. “Keep being strong for your kids,” another follower commented.


Few can forget the tragedy that occurred in New Orleans last year in which a road rage incident between Will Smith and Cardell Hayes turned deadly. Cardell shot Will and Racquel after a brief argument in the streets. Racquel was severely wounded while her husband succumbed to his injuries.

“April 9, 2016, will forever be a day that I will NEVER forget,” Racquel shared last week. “One sweet day we will meet again,” she added. “I will treasure every beautiful moment and the ‘Rockstar life’ you showed me! My king, My Superman…you are truly missed! I will always celebrate you!!! Thank you for giving me the best gifts (our Babies) and life I could ever imagine!”


Mrs. Smith expressed discontent with the court’s decision to give Cardell 25 years instead of the proposed 60 years imprisonment on Thursday. “This ordeal has been a nightmare for me and my family. There are no winners here today,” Racquel said in a statement. However, despite her displeasure with the sentence, Racquel said that she would continue to let her light shine for her “Superman.”

Racquel Smith has two kids, Wynter and Lisa, with her late husband.



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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