NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A memorial is growing in Will Smith's honor. It is in the Lower Garden District at the intersection of Sophie Wright and Felicity, where Smith was killed.
Since the deadly shooting Saturday around 11:30 p.m., people have been showing their respects with flowers, balloons and Saints memorabilia. There are also signs that say stop the violence, RIP, and offer kind words.
Monday morning, those who passed by the scene where Smith died gave heartfelt reaction, including one man who says he saw part of the incident.
"When I was walking the dog with my bike coming down the street, I was about right there and I heard a crash and I just stopped and looked and I assumed it was just a normal car accident and some people got out both vehicles and started arguing," Michael Ferrell said. "One of the last things I heard was something about my car and then a bunch of shots. By the second time I heard a shot I ducked behind the car."
A man named Oleah Kosel, who lives near the intersection where Smith was killed, said the incident is horrible.
"I mean you don't want to say this is something that you expect to hear every so often, but it's really become like clockwork," Kosel said.
Meanwhile, 28-year-old Cardell Hayes, the man accused of killing Smith, is scheduled to appear in court at 3 p.m. on Monday.