Transcript for Man Facing Murder Charges in Shooting Death of Football Star Will Smith
And we begin with that breaking news, a murder charge in the shooting death of a football star. Will smith, shot and killed, and his wife shot as well. Tonight, the man that rear-ended smith's car is facing a murder charge. Here's Eva pilgrim. With details and the emotional reaction. Reporter: Tonight, a football star killed, leaving a city and fans across the country in shock. Former New Orleans saint defensive end will smith, shot and killed over what appears to be a case of road rage. Smith's wife's crying out as paramedics carried her away, shot in the leg. Former teammate Pierre Thomas, described as a witness by police, seen clearly upset leaving the scene. The shooter's on the scene. We have one gun recovered on scene. Reporter: Tonight, Cardell Hayes charged with second degree murder. Police say his hummer hit smith's Mercedes near an intersection. The two drivers -- believed to be strangers -- began arguing and that's when Hayes allegedly began firing. He was arrested at the crime scene. It is certainly tragic on all sides. One life is over and another life is ruined. Reporter: Just hours earlier, smith posting this selfie on instagram of him with his wife in the French quarter, writing, "Having a blast." The 34-year-old played nine seasons with the saints. Including 2009, when he helped bring home the city's first championship. That team, and the sports world, now shattered by his death. Lebron James tweeting, "Prayers and condolence sent out to will smith and his beautiful family!" Drew Brees saying, "Mourning the loss of a great friend and teammate. Such a senseless tragedy. Please pray for Racquel and their children." The saints releasing this statement, "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." Hayes has yet to enter a plea. The New Orleans saints revealing today that smith was voted into the team's hall of fame last month. They were planning to reveal the honor in may. Tom? Eva, thank you. We move on to the race for
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