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Buckeye Nation received a devastating blow last night as we found out 2002 Buckeye National Championship and New Orleans Saint Superbowl Champion Defensive End Will Smith was fatally shot late last night after a traffic accident in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Police Department released the following statement:

The 34-year-old male victim’s vehicle was traveling eastbound on Sophie Wright Place when his vehicle was hit in the rear by a Hummer H2. The collision caused the victim’s Mercedes G63 SUV to strike the rear of a Chevrolet Impala who was traveling along with the victim. The male victim and the driver of the Hummer exchanged words at which time 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. The male victim was pronounced dead on the scene. The female victim was transported to a local hospital. The 30-year-old driver of the Hummer is in custody and being interviewed by police. The gun used has been recovered.

Smith’s wife, Racquel, is at a local hospital after reportedly being shot in the leg. the 34-year-old Buckeye/Superbowl Champion is survived by his wife and three children.