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Saints News, 4/11/16: Community Mourns the Passing of Will Smith

The news this weekend was overshadowed by something far bigger than football, as former Saints' defensive end Will Smith was shot and killed in the Lower Garden District. The death shocked the football community, and shook the community as a whole, as the world reacted to the former player's tragic passing.

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Saints News

Jared Goff will visit Saints - Black and Gold

Racquel Smith visited in hospital by New Orleans mayor, NOPD chief

New Orleans Saints fans create memorial for Will Smith |
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Baton Rouge, LA /Sports/Saints/:

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Warrant: Ex-Saints player Will Smith was shot in back, torso

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Brees said that Will Smith was a "cornerstone of our team."


NFL News

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