[Watch] Heartbreaking Moment: Will Smith's Widow Accepts Degree on Late Husband's Behalf

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[Watch] Heartbreaking Moment: Will Smith's Widow Accepts Degree on Late Husband's Behalf

A bittersweet ceremony.

Published May 6, 2016

Will Smith's widow is still mourning the loss of her husband, who was killed in a senseless road rage incident in New Orleans last month. 

But on Thursday, Racquel Smith had a reason to momentarily smile. She accepted a posthumous degree on behalf of the late NFL star at the University of Miami, where Will had been enrolled in the Executive MBA program for artists and athletes prior to his death.

The scene was as touching as could be with Racquel, who's still confined to a wheelchair after being shot twice in the legs during the April 9 incident, accepting the degree and flashing a smile through all the pain.

"She was extremely proud of Will," Lauren Renschler, a Smith family publicist, told the Associated Press after the moment, as reported by ESPN.

Last month's incident stemmed from a rear-ending accident, which triggered the confrontation between Smith and suspect Cardell Hayes. Hayes shot the former Super Bowl champion and Pro Bowler eight times, including seven times in the back, killing him. Smith was 34.

Late last month, nearly three weeks after the senseless crime, Hayes was indicted by a grand jury on a second-degree murder charge. The grand jury additionally slapped Hayes with an attempted second-degree murder charge for shooting Racquel.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

(Photo: NFL via Getty Images)


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