As the New Orleans Saints released visitation plans for those wishing to pay respects to Will Smith, former Saints player Pierre Thomas, on Tuesday afternoon, took to Instagram to express his frustrations about the fatal shooting of his friend and former teammage on Saturday night.
Thomas was in town for a charity dinner when Smith was killed. Smith met with Thomas at Sake Cafe after he learned that Thomas was hanging out with their mutual friend, retired New Orleans police captain Billy Ceravolo.
Warning: Graphic language.
The last few days has been a whirlwind and I am still trying to wrap my head around this whole thing. I flew out of New Orleans last night and back to Chicago because I couldn't think straight... I witnessed a close friend, teammate and a man that I thought of as one of my big brothers in the NFL shot to death OVER A FUCKING FENDER BENDER!!!! Why!? I just don't get it... these images that I have in my head will never leave me and I understand that and will have to live with it. I want to thank each and everyone of you, my family, friends, fans and the entire Who Dat Nation for all of your thoughts and prayers.... But let's send them instead to Will's family- his wife and 3 kids who have to be strong during this difficult time. People!! When is this shit going to stop?There is so much senseless killing going on in our world, and I'm not saying that I have the answers to fix it... but I am willing to do my part to help and find a solution. My heart is heavy and I wish I could turn back the hands of time, but what is done is done. Sadly my friend is gone but he will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace Will.
The Saints said on the team's website Tuesday that the team and Smith's family will host visitation from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the Saints' indoor practice facility located at 5800 Airline Drive in Metairie.
The notice said free parking will be available at the Saints complex and at the adjacent New Orleans Zephyrs parking lots. Saints employees and signs will help direct visitors to parking lots and into the facility.
There won't be a ceremony during visititation. Traditional and virtual guest books will be available for those wishing to pay respects.
A private burial and funeral service will take place on Saturday.