Aaron Hernandez reportedly rented SUV used in 2012 shooting

Aaron Hernandez PatriotsNot only is Aaron Hernandez facing a first-degree murder charge for the death of Odin Lloyd, five additional charges, and a potential lawsuit for allegedly shooting a friend, but he is also being investigated for potential ties to a 2012 double murder in Boston.

And his alleged involvement in the case is looking a lot stronger.

On Thursday, LBS’ Steve DelVecchio wrote that police reportedly had located and impounded the SUV involved in the 2012 shooting. Witnesses said the alleged killers opened fire from a gray or silver SUV with Rhode Island plates and killed two men while they were stopped at a red light. The report DelVecchio cited said police believed Hernandez rented the car.

Later on Thursday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Boston PD located the SUV in question and that Hernandez rented it.

Let’s make that clear one more time: Aaron Hernandez supposedly rented the SUV used in a 2012 double murder, allegedly shot a friend in the face in February, and prosecutors allege he orchestrated the murder of Odin Lloyd, which also involved a rented SUV.

Like Steve said, the common theme here when it comes to alleged killings involving Hernandez is rental cars. The 2012 double murder may also be the motive behind the killing of Lloyd.

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Fans chant ‘Innocent!’ at Aaron Hernandez after he leaves courthouse (Video)

Fans-cheer-Aaron-HernandezThe evidence being compiled against Aaron Hernandez regarding the murder of Odin Lloyd gets more compelling by the hour, but that does not mean the former New England Patriots tight end has been abandoned by his entire fan base. As he was leaving Bristol County Courthouse following his bail hearing on Thursday, a collection of fans lined the streets and cheered for Hernandez.

There is a reason Hernandez has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail. Whether he murdered Lloyd or not, there is enough circumstantial evidence to suggest he could very well be guilty. Not only that, but investigators are also building a case that indicates Hernandez was involved in another double murder a year ago.

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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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Jim Kelly: Aaron Hernandez situation ‘sad,’ New England Patriots are ‘vulnerable’

Jim-Kelly-BillsThe most important takeaway from the Aaron Hernandez murder investigation is that a 27-year-old man lost his life at the hands of a cold-blooded killer. However, the reality of the situation is that Hernandez’s arrest will have major implications for the New England Patriots and the NFL. The Patriots’ passing attack has taken a major hit, and Jim Kelly does not feel bad about it.

The Buffalo Bills legend admitted on Thursday that he’ll take the help for his team any way it comes.

“I don’t really feel too sorry for them because sooner or late the Bills got to rise to the top, and if we have to take it that way?” Kelly told NFL AM, via Tim Graham of The Buffalo News. “Oh, well.”

No one could have anticipated a murder investigation, but the Patriots knew the risk they were taking in drafting Hernandez. I’m sure they don’t expect anyone to feel sorry for them after the way it turned out. Couple the losses of Hernandez, Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd with Rob Gronkowski’s questionable health and Kelly feels that the Pats have their work cut out for them.

“They’re very vulnerable from the standpoint if you look at what Tom Brady’s lost,” he said. “When you lose a Wes Welker, that’s going to hurt. There’s no doubt. They have to feel something when it comes to losing their four, five top receivers.”

As for Hernandez himself, Kelly described the situation as “very, very sad” and expressed condolences to the victim’s family.

“Stupidity,” he said. “What are you thinking? This is a society today where you have to watch what you do, watch what you say. If this holds true, man, it’s a sad day not only for Hernandez’s family, but for the NFL in general.”

Amen. Hernandez’s defense seemingly gets worse by the day. So does New England’s roster. Most people operate under the assumption that Bill Belichick and Brady always figure it out, but it may not be that simple this time around. Time will tell.

H/T Ben Volin

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

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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.

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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.

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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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