A New Light on Gun Violence as New Orleans Mourns the Loss of Will Smith

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April 13, 2016, in New Orleans Kat McCann, 58, pulled up to Will Smith’s memorial, and for several minutes, she was able to mourn the loss of the Saints defensive lineman in solitude. The team’s captain was shot and killed in a dispute over a traffic accident. McCann felt the need to pay her respects said, “I felt it was the right thing to do.” She lived in the city her entire life, and only knew Smith to be a “good man,” she said.

Some fans went to the memorial and dropped off hand-written notes, one fan, in particular, made a floral arrangement and placed it near a sign that read; “STOP THE VIOLENCE.” Messages of hope, prayer candles and plush footballs were also at the memorial. McCann took a picture of the gifts people left, and then shook her head in disbelief, and said out loud; “Nothing around here seems to change.” This is a city with has an infamous culture that was reborn after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and the loss of Smith has shined a new light on the gun violence in New Orleans, in the wake of his mourning. The star football player was shot eight times, and his wife Raquel, who was shot in both her legs, but was able to survive the tragedy, will mourn his death with her children. The fans in New Orleans are mourning the loss of Smith while being painfully made aware of the gun violence in their city.

This is a city with has an infamous culture that was reborn after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The loss of Smith has shined a new light on the gun violence in New Orleans. The star football player was shot eight times, and his wife Raquel, who was shot in both her legs, but was able to survive the tragedy, will mourn his death with their children. The fans in New Orleans are mourning the loss of Smith while being painfully reminded of the gun violence in their city.

From March to April this year, there have been almost 60 shootings, and since January, there have been 118 shootings. Smith’s fatality makes 31 murders this year. Two years ago, the city had the highest number of murders in the country. The tragedy has shed much-needed awareness to the gun violence in New Orleans, and the fans will mourn the loss of Smith, a football icon, for quite some time.

By Katherine Miller-Chichester

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The Times-Picayune: Will Smith’s death cast new light on New Orleans violence, Washington Post says

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