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.

[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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Matt Light: I never believed in anything Aaron Hernandez stood for

Aaron HernandezFormer New England Patriots offensive tackle Matt Light was one of the most well-liked players in the NFL during his 11-year career. He may have gotten some grief for dancing shirtless with Rob Gronkowski after the Patriots lost the Super Bowl in 2012, but Light has never been one to bash another player or make controversial remarks.

On Wednesday, Tom Archdeacon of the Dayton Daily News wrote that he has known Light for a very long time and has never heard him “speak ill” of another player. When speaking to him on Tuesday — a day before Aaron Hernandez was even arrested — Archdeacon asked Light about his former teammate.

But Tuesday when I asked the former New England Patriot star tackle about his old teammate – tight end Aaron Hernandez – his easy smile quickly vanished and he went silent for several seconds as he decided what, if anything, he would say.

‘I never talk about other guys, but I will say I have never embraced – never believed in – anything Aaron Hernandez stood for,’ Light finally said.

The recently-retired Light – who won three Super Bowl rings and went to four Pro Bowls in his 11 year career – insinuated that Hernandez, with whom he played alongside for two years, has always had his own agenda – and it wasn’t a good one.”

Again, Light made his comments before Hernandez was arrested and charged with murder. The players currently on the Patriots roster will be under strict orders to not speak to the media about Hernandez, but I’m sure many of them would agree with Light. Even Hernandez’s former coaches at Florida said he spent more time with his friends from home than his teammates, and there have always been questions about who he associates with.

[Related: Aaron Hernandez reportedly threatened Wes Welker]

If Hernandez did indeed have gang ties as was recently reported, some of his teammates probably would have been aware or had a hunch. The question becomes why would the Patriots sign him to a $40 million extension if players like Light sensed he was bad news. Then again, bad news could mean staying out late and partying too much. No one could have anticipated a murder trial.

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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.

[Related: Girls of Twitter think Aaron Hernandez is sexy despite murder charge]

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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Girls of Twitter think Aaron Hernandez is hot and sexy despite murder charges

Aaron HernandezThe priorities of some American females were seriously in question on Wednesday. Even though Aaron Hernandez was charged with first-degree murder, there were still plenty of women/girls out there raving about his looks. They were calling him “hot,” “sexy,” and “fine,” and one even said the murder charge made the football player even sexier. Someone get that woman some help.

Anyhow, to break down this series of disturbing tweets, we have grouped them into different categories.

    - Hernandez is too hot to be guilty of murder or in jail
    - Girls unapologetic about pointing out Hernandez’s hotness
    - Willing to overlook his crimes and procreate with him because he is so hot
    - Concerned Hernandez’s good looks could put him at risk in jail
    - Think the murder makes him even hotter

All the women who think Hernandez is too hot to be guilty or in jail:

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