By NDG, Intern Shenice Sanders
Boston prosecutors have charged New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez with murder in the shooting death of a friend. Prosecutors say Aaron was anger when he saw his friend at a nightclub a few days earlier talking to the wrong people.
Hernandez was arrested and taken into custody just one week week after Boston semi-pro Odin Lloyd’s body was found in an industrial park a mile away. A few hours after Hernandez was arrested, the New England Patriots released him of his $40 million contract. Lloyd was a 27-year-old athlete with the Boston Bandits who just happen to be dating the sister of Hernandez’s finance. Authorities say Lloyd was shot multiple times and left for dead on a secluded gravel road.
The events from that night are still coming together, but prosecutor Bill McCauley has pieced together most of the story. McCauley stated the slaying came from a night out at a Boston nightclub called Rumor on June 14. He went on to say Hernandez was upset about seeing Lloyd talking to some people Hernandez had trouble with.
On the night of June 16 McCauley stated Hernandez texted two friends from out of state and asked them to hurry back to Massachusetts. The three men pick up Lloyd at his home at 2:30 a.m. authorities said. Lloyd texted his sister, “did you see who I am with?” When she asked who, he answered, at 3:32 a.m., “NFL”, and then a minute later he sent one final text, “just so you know.”
Just a short time after that people working the overnight shift at the industrial park reported hearing gunshots, McCauley said. A short time later Hernandez returned to his house and his home surveillance system captured him and one of the other men holding a gun.
Investigators have not reported who fired the shots and have not identified the two other people who could be involved in this case.
If convicted Hernandez faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.