TheAdvocate- Police said Smith was driving on Sophie Wright Place when his silver Mercedes G63 SUV was struck from behind by Hayes’ orange Hummer H2. The collision caused the Mercedes to strike the rear of a dark Chevrolet Impala in which were two people described as acquaintances of Smith.
Police said that, after Smith and Hayes got out of their vehicles and exchanged words, Hayes drew a handgun and shot Smith multiple times.
Fuller outlined a different version of the night’s events that he said began with an earlier incident, a hit-and-run involving Hayes’ vehicle in which the other driver sped off.
Fuller refused to say whose car had first hit Hayes’ Hummer, but he said the collision at Sophie Wright Place happened when Hayes was in pursuit of the license plate number of the hit-and-run driver.
The alleged shooter did not flee after the so-called “road rage” incident, which occurred about 11:30 p.m., police said. Instead, Cardell Hayes, 28, whose vehicle had rear-ended Smith’s SUV before the shooting, stayed on the scene until officers arrived, four minutes after the first 911 call about shots fired.
Quite honestly, it's only been one day, but I am already tired of trying to piece this whole thing together. The uncertainty surrounding the death of Will Smith is really just ruining a mourning period that should be used to celebrate his life. It's very possible that watching far too much 'CSI' caused me to jump to conclusions yesterday and connect a bunch of dots whose placement may have strictly been a result of irony. Although, in my defense, those dots were begging to be drawn together. Maybe Cardell Hayes didn't hunt down someone the same day they had lunch with the police officer that killed his father so long ago, but I'll be damned if that's not an awful lot of coincidences. Seems a little too convenient to be brushed aside with the "it's a small world" theory. It certainly makes more sense than Cardell Hayes being a victim of a hit-and-run from behind, attempting to chase down the culprit, rear-ending Will Smith in the process, and eventually shooting him dead and taking aim at his wife for - I don't even know - getting in the way? I guess?
One thing that watching far too many murder mystery shows has taught me is that Cardell Hayes decision to turn himself in shows remorse, so maybe this wasn't completely premeditated, but that doesn't make it any less confusing. A guy that played high school football in New Orleans, arena football in New Orleans, and worked security for the Saints let his frustrations turn homicidal when he was dealing with someone he had to have recognized as a beloved figure in the city? He killed Will Smith knowing it was Will Smith, but then gave himself up because he felt bad about killing Will Smith? None of this makes sense. Which means it's probably not going to be fully resolved anytime soon. Which means we'll sit here incessantly trying to find answers when the only thing we should be concerning ourselves with is honoring a man that meant so much to so many people. I am as guilty as everyone else that is trying to play detective. However, the only thing that really matters here is that while Will Smith is no longer with us, what he represented when he was is worthy of our upmost attention.