Former Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot to death in New Orleans' Lower Garden District on Saturday night following a minor car crash, the coroner's office confirmed. Smith, 34, was shot after exchanging words with the driver of a Hummer H2 that rear-ended his Mercedes G63 SUV, causing him to strike another vehicle containing acquaintances of Smith's, police said. Smith was shot multiple times, and his wife, Racquel, 33, was shot once in the right leg, according to police. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene, while his wife was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison. Smith's family released a statement Sunday morning. "On behalf of the Smith family, we are thankful for the outpouring of support and prayers," the family said. "We ask that you continue to respect the family's privacy as they grieve the loss of a devoted husband, father and friend." Police said the driver of the Hummer, Cardell Hayes, 28, was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder. The handgun used in the shooting had been recovered, according to police. Hayes did not enter a plea during an initial court appearance Sunday, and bond was set at $1 million. Prosecutors have 60 days to decide whether to bring the second-degree murder charge against Hayes. Conviction on that charge would bring an automatic life sentence.