Kim Kardashian Flies to New Orleans to Visit Racquel Smith, Widow of Slain Saints Player Will Smith
By Antoinette Bueno
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Kim Kardashian West is giving support to a close friend in need.
The 35-year-old reality superstar flew to New Orleans on Monday night to visit Racquel Smith, after Smith's husband -- former defensive end for the New Orleans Saints, Will Smith -- was shot and killed on Saturday night in a case of road rage. Smith, who was with her husband at the time of the incident, is still recovering in the hospital after she was shot twice in the right leg.
Kardashian dressed down when she was snapped at LAX, wearing ripped jeans and a baggy denim jacket.
Kardashian's ex, Reggie Bush, was a teammate of Smith's during the Saints' 2009 Super Bowl season. Clearly, Kardashian and Smith's wife have kept in touch since Bush and Kardashian split in 2010. The mother-of-two Instagrammed a selfie of the pair on Sunday, offering her condolences.
"My heart breaks for my sweet friend Rockie," she wrote. "I'm deeply saddened by your loss. Will, you were an angel to your family on earth and you will continue to be in the life after. May God bless you! Sending so many prayers to her & her family! May the Lord surround her & her children with love and protection during this devastating time."
ET has confirmed that 28-year-old Cardell Hayes has been charged with second-degree murder in Smith's death. The handgun used in the shooting has allegedly been recovered.
The Smiths had been at the French Quarter Festival, which features local music and food, hours before the shooting. The late NFL star shared a selfie of himself and his wife on Instagram on Saturday, writing, "Having a blast at the #fqf2016."
Plenty of friends, fans and former teammates have offered their condolences and shared their grief over the tragic news of Smith's death, including Bush, who took to social media on Sunday to remember his teammate.
"RIP Will Smith, may the lord have mercy on your soul at the gates of heaven," the 31-year-old running back wrote. "You were a great man and did so much good for so many people in New Orleans. You will be greatly missed! We love you and your family and thank you for your time!"
ET recently talked to one of Smith's high school football coaches, Jerry Fiorini, who shared his thoughts on the late NFL pro's character, sportsmanship, and the impacting legacy he left on the community where he was raised.