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Police reportedly impound SUV tied to 2012 double murder that may have been rented by Aaron Hernandez

Aaron HernandezAaron Hernandez’s possible involvement in a July 2012 double murder that took place in Boston has become a bit clearer, as Boston Police have reportedly located and impounded a silver SUV that may be tied to the shooting. According to CNN.com, investigators believe Hernandez was renting the vehicle at the time of the double murder last summer.

On Thursday morning, multiple reports revealed that Hernandez is being investigated as a possible suspect in the July 2012 incident. Later, a report from the Boston Globe claimed that law enforcement officials have reason to believe Hernandez may have killed 27-year-old Odin Lloyd earlier this month because Lloyd had information about the double murder.

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A Boston Police blog entry from last year stated that two men, Safiro Furtado and Daniel Abreu, were shot to death while they sat in their car at a red light. The shooting is believed to have stemmed from a fight that had broken out at Rumor nightclub in Boston earlier in the night between two men and a group that included Hernandez. According to witnesses, the shooters opened fire on the victims from a gray or silver SUV with Rhode Island license plates.

Coincidentally (or not), the silver SUV police reportedly impounded on Thursday that they believe was rented last year by Hernandez had a Rhode Island registration.

Common theme: Rental cars.

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Prosecutor: Gun in Aaron Hernandez photo may have been murder weapon

Aaron Hernandez gun

Aaron Hernandez was denied bail at his appeal on Thursday, with judge Renee Dupuis calling the case the prosecution has made against the former New England Patriots tight end “very, very strong,” albeit circumstantial. During the hearing, Bristol County Assistant District Attorney William McCauley introduced some new evidence.

On Wednesday, the photo you see above began circling around the internet. It was allegedly taken when Hernandez was still in college at Florida, but it may be a key piece of evidence. According to McCauley, investigators have reason to believe that the firearm that was used to kill Odin Lloyd was a Glock, because Glocks have “a rifling system that is different from most firearms.” The gun Hernandez is holding in the picture is also a Glock.

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Aaron Hernandez’s motive for killing Odin Lloyd could reportedly be tied to 2012 double murder

Aaron Hernandez PatriotsAaron Hernandez was formally charged with the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd on Wednesday, but to this point the prosecution has not revealed anything about what investigators believe the former New England Patriots tight end’s motive would have been for killing. On Thursday, a report surfaced claiming police are investigating Hernandez as a possible suspect in a double murder that took place in Boston in July 2012. Now, a separate report indicates the two cases may be linked.

On July 16, 2012, two men were shot to death while they waited in a car at a red light. Investigators believe the shooting stemmed from a fight that had broken out at a Boston club called Cure earlier in the night between two men and a group that included Hernandez. Two men, Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, were killed while three others survived the shooting. The murders were left unsolved.

According to the Boston Globe, law enforcement officials now believe that Lloyd may have had information about the July 16 double murder, which may have motivated Hernandez to kill him.

“The motive might have been that the victim knew [Hernandez] might have been involved,” one of the officials reportedly told the Globe.

Neither police nor the families have had information about the deaths of Abreu and Furtado, believing they had no ties to gangs or criminal activity. The SUV from where the shots were fired at the victims was never recovered.

[Related: Aaron Hernandez reportedly has gang ties, feared for his life]

Obviously, there are still a ton of moving parts and unanswered questions surrounding both Lloyd’s murder and the double murder from last summer. If the two cases are linked and Hernandez was involved with both, his chances of ever playing football again — or not spending his life in jail — could become even slimmer.

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Aaron Hernandez reportedly being investigated in Boston double murder

Aaron HernandezThe prosecution made a very compelling case against Aaron Hernandez when the tight end was arrested and charged with first-degree murder on Wednesday. If Hernandez’s lawyers are able to miraculously clear him despite all the alleged evidence that has been compiled against him, their work may just be getting started.

FOX 25 in Boston reported on Thursday morning that Hernandez is being investigated as a possible suspect in a double murder that took place on July 16, 2012 in downtown Boston. According to a Boston Police blog entry from last year, police responded to a call just after 2:00 a.m. to find that two men, Safiro Furtado and Daniel Abreu, had been fatally shot as they sat in a car at a traffic light. Another man was shot but not killed.

Witnesses said Furtado and Abreu were sitting in the front seat of their vehicle when the occupants of a gray or silver SUV with Rhode Island license plates opened fire on them. The surviving victim was in the back seat and investigators believe there were two other men in the victims’ car who fled the scene.

[Related: Aaron Hernandez reportedly has gang ties, feared for his life]

It is unclear what Hernandez’s involvement with the investigation could be, but a FOX 25 source reportedly said the tight end’s possible connection to the killing is being examined.

The obvious question on the minds of many is how Hernandez would have gotten away with it. After hearing the alleged details that the prosecution laid out on Wednesday — and that was likely only a fraction of the evidence — you get the impression that Hernandez is inexperienced. Simply put, it appears the person who killed Lloyd could not have been more sloppy. If it was Hernandez, it would be amazing to believe that this is a young man who has somehow gotten away with murder before.

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Aaron Rodgers didn’t like Jeremy Schaap confusing him for Aaron Hernandez

Aaron-Rodgers-Giants-Faked-InjuriesAaron Hernandez and Aaron Rodgers have very few things in common, but obviously their first name is one of them. Given the fact that Hernandez has been arrested and charged with murder, you can understand why Rodgers would not want to be associated with him an any way. Unfortunately, a slip of the tongue from ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap on Wednesday briefly inserted the Green Bay Packers quarterback into the discussion.

Following Hernandez’s Wednesday afternoon arraignment, Schaap said the following during a live broadcast.

“There is a lot of evidence, albeit circumstantial, implicating Aaron Rodgers in the death of Odin Lloyd.”

Slips of the tongue are typically harmless, and you could make the argument that this one was as well. Although, it’s always important to keep your names straight when discussing a murder investigation. Rodgers sent the following tweet when he was made aware of the segment.

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Aaron Hernandez reportedly had gang ties, feared for his life

Aaron Hernandez PatriotsAaron Hernandez has been sent to Bristol County House of Corrections, where he is currently being held without bail after being charged with murder on Wednesday. After Hernandez arrived, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson spoke to the media about the facility’s screening process, which he said involves figuring out if an inmate has any gang ties before placing them in a cell alone or with a bunkmate.

According to TMZ, Hernandez does have connections to gang members from his home town of Bristol, Conn. The former New England Patriots tight end reportedly joined a gang when he was a teenager and has been trying to distance himself from the members after signing a $40 million contract extension, but he was not completely successful.

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TMZ sources said that people in the gangster world felt Hernandez owed them something, but that it was more about time and respect than money. The 23-year-old allegedly feared that people he used to associate with were trying to kill him in the months leading up to the murder of Odin Lloyd. It is not known whether he felt that way about rivals or friends who he “betrayed.”

As the story continues to unfold, I’m sure we will be getting a much clearer picture of why Hernandez was involved in the case — regardless of if he pulled the trigger or not. Hernandez has a tattoo on his right hand that has led to speculation about gang involvement. It’s impossible to believe he allegedly killed a man simply because he didn’t like the people he was talking to. There has to be more to it than that.

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Examining Aaron Hernandez’s ‘blood’ tattoo on his right hand

Aaron Hernandez blood tattoo

Aaron Hernandez has a tattoo on his right hand that has the word “blood” written in red ink, and the tat was frequently discussed Wednesday in the context of the tight end’s arrest and first-degree murder charge.

Some wondered if “blood” meant Hernandez was part of the widely known gang. Others felt it was an ominous symbol that Hernandez literally has “blood” written on his hands, and figuratively may have blood on his hands from the alleged killing.

I think you can strike the former theory for a few reasons. One, it looks like “blood” is part of a longer phrase tattooed on his hand, which I’m guessing is blood, sweat and tears. You can see what looks like an “S” and “W” just after “blood.” Secondly, if you’re actually a member of the Bloods, you wouldn’t get a tattoo that says “blood,” unless the name of your specific gang has the word “Blood” in it. You would probably get one with the number “5″ or the letter “P,” like this guy; or you would get one with a bunch of stars, like this guy.

There were some reports that Hernandez had friends with gang ties, but those have been unconfirmed (update on this – see below). We don’t know what kinds of activities Hernandez was doing away from the football field but, based on what has emerged the past few weeks, most of it seems unsavory.

UPDATE: Hernandez reportedly joined the Bristol Bloods gang as a teenager, so it’s possible the tattoo is related to his alleged Bristol Bloods ties.

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