The New Orleans Saints will hold a public visitation to celebrate the life of former defensive end Will Smith from 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Friday at the team’s practice facility in Metairie.
No ceremony or funeral service elements will be held. Guests will walk through the Saints’ indoor practice facility and be able to view the casket, and a celebration of Smith’s life will be presented through photographs and video. Those who attend will also have the opportunity to sign a guest book, prayer cards will be available and can make donations to Smith’s foundation, Where There’s a Will There’s a Way.
A private family burial and funeral service will be held on Saturday.
Smith, who was shot and killed late Saturday night after a traffic accident in the Lower Garden District, was a team captain on the Saints’ Super Bowl team in 2009 and played every one of his 139 games in the NFL in New Orleans.
New Orleans will induct Smith into the Saints Hall of Fame this year, and he planned to be a coaching intern on Sean Payton‘s staff in 2016.
Parking for the celebration will be available at both the Saints’ facility and Zephyr Field next door.
A second line in Smith’s honor has also been scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Half Moon Bay Bar on St. Mary Street, and it will march to the spot on Sophie Wright Place and Felicity, where a memorial has been set up at the spot where Smith died.
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