Will Smith’s Killer Cardell Hayes Did Security For Saints; Shooting May Not Have Been Random

Cardell Hayes

The NFL world is still in shock over the murder of former New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith in New Orleans on Saturday. The reason for it was even more shocking as details were coming out by the hour, apparently the shooting was over a minor fender bender.

Cardell Hayes worked security for the Saints in the past and he also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the police in 2005, and the cop Will Smith was dining with was one of the cops named in the lawsuit.

“Hayes’ father, Anthony, was mentally unstable and had gotten into an argument with an employee at a St. Charles Avenue pharmacy while holding a pocket knife when officers shot and killed him, officials said. Hayes, now 28, sued for damages, alleging that officers should have used non-lethal force — such as a stun gun — to subdue his father, but none of the cops had such a tool.

The litigation was settled in 2011 for an undisclosed amount of money that could be described as “large,” said attorney Ike Spears, who represented Hayes in that matter but is not involved in the Smith case.

One of the defendants named in the lawsuit Hayes filed against the city was Billy Ceravolo, who retired from the New Orleans Police Department as a captain in 2013 after 25 years on the force. The lawsuit accused Ceravolo of being among several officers to fatally shoot Anthony Hayes.

Ceravolo on Sunday said he was eating dinner with Smith and former Saints running back Pierre Thomas at a restaurant in the Lower Garden District shortly before authorities said Smith was rear-ended by Cardell Hayes, 28, on a nearby street.

Police allege that Hayes fatally shot Smith and wounded his wife, Racquel, during an argument that erupted after the collision.”



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