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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

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

A trumpeter plays in front of a makeshift memorial as people march in honour of Saints stars Will Smith

Fans view the casket of former Saints star Will Smith during a public viewing inside the Saints training facility in Metairie

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.