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Funeral to be held for shot football star

Published 16/04/2016

Fans view the casket of former Saints star Will Smith during a public viewing inside the Saints training facility in Metairie
Fans view the casket of former Saints star Will Smith during a public viewing inside the Saints training facility in Metairie
Fans march past a makeshift memorial for Will Smith in New Orleans
A trumpeter plays in front of a makeshift memorial as people march in honour of Saints stars Will Smith

Funeral services are to be held for former New Orleans football star Will Smith, who was shot and killed a week ago.

A private funeral and burial are to be held on Saturday.

The former Saints star died a week ago after police say he was shot by 28-year-old Cardell Hayes during a traffic altercation.

A visitation was held on Friday at the Saints practice facility in Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans.

Fans - many wearing their black and gold Saints gear - gathered to pay their respects at Smith's orchid-covered coffin.

Members of the Saints team and staff gathered as well, hugging each other and walking up to the coffin to pay homage.

Nearby, a video screen showed snippets of Smith's famous tackles and sacks as well as photos from his life off the field.

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