Report: Odin Lloyd was poor, couldn’t afford a car

Odin Lloyd27-year-old Odin Lloyd was murdered in June, and former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and two others are in custody facing charges related to the slaying.

Not a whole lot about Lloyd is known. We know that he played for a semi-pro football team called the Boston Bandits. We know that he dated the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins. we know that Lloyd and Hernandez hung out independent of their girlfriends.

What’s unclear is what Lloyd did for a living. We know he played for free for the semi-pro team, and friends say he still had dreams of one day playing in the NFL. There is suspicion that he was a drug dealer. Jenkins told police that she knew Lloyd smoked marijuana and was a marijuana dealer.

If Lloyd was a dealer, then he was a poor one.

ABC News looked into Lloyd’s connection to Hernandez, and they say friends described Lloyd as poor. According to ABC:

Friends said Lloyd couldn’t afford a car and would bike 20 miles to make it to Bandits games. There were also times, friends said, that the talented linebacker couldn’t even afford a uniform and would wear jerseys with other players’ names on them.

Lloyd’s coach with the Bandits, Mike Branch, was adamant to ABC that Lloyd had nothing to do with drugs.

“He wasn’t a drug dealer,” Branch told ABC. “[If] you [are] a drug dealer, you ain’t riding a bike to practice, you know?”

If Lloyd dealt, then maybe he was a low-level dealer just starting out. Drugs may have provided a connection between the two men. In addition to failing drug tests in college, Hernandez and/or his associates may have been involved in the drug scene. Recall that police seized equipment typically used by drug dealers when they searched Hernandez’s home earlier this month.

Curious about a potential motive for the killing? This might be the answer.

Carlos Ortiz told police Aaron Hernandez admitted to shooting Odin Lloyd

Carlos OrtizOne of three men arrested in connection with the murder of Odin Lloyd told police that Aaron Hernandez admitted to shooting the 27-year-old victim, according to documents released on Tuesday.

Per the Associated Press, documents show that Carlos Ortiz told Massachusetts investigators that Ernest Wallace, the third man arrested in connection with the case, said Hernandez admitted to shooting Lloyd in an industrial park in North Attleborough, Mass. Documents also show that police discovered a vehicle linked to a 2012 double homicide in Boston was rented in Hernandez’s name.

Ortiz apparently did not witness the shooting. He told police that he, Wallace, Hernandez and Lloyd were in a car together the morning of Lloyd’s death. Ortiz told police that the other three got out to urinate, and that he heard gunshots before Wallace and Hernandez got back in the car without Lloyd and sped away.

From the moment we saw Ortiz nearly breaking down and crying in court, it became obvious that he felt remorseful about the situation. It’s not surprising that he appears to be the one cooperating with police in helping them pursue the murder case.

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Aaron Hernandez, Odin Lloyd reportedly partied together two nights before murder

Aaron HernandezWhether Aaron Hernandez murdered Odin Lloyd or not, the evidence released by investigators on Tuesday afternoon seems to make it clear that the two had contact with one another and hung out together in the days and hours leading up to the shooting. In fact, there are various indications that Hernandez and Lloyd even partied together — hard.

As Dave Altimari of the Hartford Courant noted, police reports say Hernandez and Lloyd were at Rumor night club in Boston together on Friday, June 14 (Lloyd was killed the morning of June 17). Police were told the men got so drunk that night that they never even made it into Hernandez’s North Attleboro home after leaving the club, and instead slept outside.

A worker at Rumor also informed investigators that Hernandez had a handgun visible from his waistband while he was with Lloyd on Friday. The following night, Hernandez and Lloyd had a vague text conversation, which can be seen in its entirety here. Then, in the early hours of Monday morning, Lloyd was killed. An overnight employee at a nearby industrial park is said to have heard the gunshots the morning Lloyd was shot.

[RelatedPolice think Aaron Hernandez killed Odin Lloyd over drugs, secrets]

When police spoke to Hernandez’s fiancee Shayanna Jenkins, she allegedly informed them that she last saw Lloyd at about 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 15. That story would seem to coincide with the report that Hernandez and Lloyd had themselves a sleepover on Friday night.

One of the intriguing things about the new information we learned is the inconsistency of the information Jenkins gave police. She reportedly cried when informed that Lloyd had been killed, yet she later claimed to not know much about him. Despite supposedly not knowing much about him, she knew enough to believe he was a drug dealer. To be continued…

Shayanna Jenkins reportedly cried when told ‘drug dealer’ Odin Lloyd had been killed

Aaron HernandezAaron Hernandez’s fiancee Shayanna Jenkins reportedly answered several questions for police officers before Hernandez allegedly called her on the phone and told her to stop. According to police reports released to the public on Tuesday, Jenkins immediately began to cry when she was informed that Lloyd had been killed.

Jenkins told police that Lloyd was dating her sister Shaneah Jenkins, which Hernandez also confirmed when he was first questioned by police. She later claimed that she was not very familiar with him and did not know his family or any of his friends. Shayanna said that Hernandez knew Lloyd through Shaneah, and that she last saw Lloyd on Saturday, June 15 at approximately 10:30 a.m.

Despite telling authorities she was not very familiar with Lloyd, Jenkins allegedly went on to say that she knew he “smoked marijuana and was also a marijuana dealer.” She said she often overheard Lloyd talking on his cell phone about what she assumed were marijuana sales because his phone was constantly ringing and he spoke in “lingo.”

[Related: Police think Aaron Hernandez killed Odin Lloyd over drugs, secrets]

Hernandez was at the North Attleboro Police department, where he had agreed to go and answer some questions, at the time Jenkins spoke to officers on June 17. Jenkins provided investigators with a cell phone number for Hernandez, which an officer called on the spot and hung up when Hernandez answered.

Another interesting piece of information Jenkins shared with investigators had to do with the surveillance system at Hernandez’s home. She explained how it worked and said that it was recently installed because there had been several recent break-in attempts at the residence.

[Related: Sheriff will try to prevent Aaron Hernandez from marrying in jail]

Jenkins then told officers that she was unsure who Hernandez went out with the night of June 16 into the early morning of June 17, when Lloyd was murdered. It was at that point that Hernandez allegedly called her on her cell phone and told her that his sports agent said she should not speak to investigators.

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Aaron Hernandez, Odin Lloyd text convo from night Lloyd was murdered is released

Aaron Hernandez PatriotsAaron Hernandez and Odin Lloyd clearly knew one another. We have yet to hear Hernandez’s side of the story as his trial has not yet begun, but the details make the existence of some sort of relationship obvious. On Tuesday, investigators released the details of a text message conversation Hernandez and Lloyd had with one another before Lloyd was killed.

The conversation, which police allege took place from the night of June 16 to the early hours of June 17 (the day Lloyd was shot), went as follows (courtesy of Wesley Lowery).

Aaron Hernandez (9:05 p.m. on June 16): I’m coming to grab that tonight u gon be I need dat and we could step for a little again [sic]
AH (9:34 p.m. on June 16): Waddup
Odin Lloyd (9:37 p.m. on June 16): Aite, where.
AH (9:39 p.m. on June 16): Idk it don’t matter but imma hit u when I’m dat way like las time if my phone dies imma hit u when I charge it which will be in a lil [sic]
OL (10:00 p.m. on June 16): Aite idk anything goin on [sic]
AH (10:13 p.m. on June 16): I’ll figure it out I’ll hit u on way
OL (12:22 a.m. on June 17): We still on

Hernandez reportedly did not make contact via phone with Lloyd after that. According to FOX 25 Boston’s Ted Daniel, investigators noted in court documents that “Mr. Hernandez’s demeanor did not indicate any concern for the death of any person.” In other words, Hernandez did not seem rattled by officers informing him that someone who was clearly more than just an associate had been shot.

[Related: What did Aaron Hernandez's fiancee tell police?]

In fact, Hernandez and Lloyd reportedly got so intoxicated together at Rumor nightclub a couple nights before Lloyd was killed that they never made it back inside Hernandez’s house.

In addition — and yes I’m completely speculating here — it certainly sounded like Hernandez and Lloyd were intentionally speaking vaguely during their conversation. In the list of items we showed you earlier, you’ll notice investigators allegedly took a small scale and plate from a safe inside Hernandez’s North Attleboro home. Anyone not thinking drugs?

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Police reportedly think Aaron Hernandez murdered Odin Lloyd over drugs, secrets

Aaron HernandezA number of theories have been floated around as to why Aaron Hernandez may have murdered Odin Lloyd, with two of the most popular ones having to do with trust issues and drugs. According to one report, both may have been a factor.

On Sunday morning, TMZ reported that law enforcement officials believe they have uncovered enough evidence to indicate that Lloyd “mouthed off” to Hernandez about secrets the former New England Patriots tight end had told him in the past. The “secrets” Lloyd allegedly threw in his face may have had to do with Hernandez’s involvement in drugs and several violent incidents.

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

TMZ’s law enforcement sources added that they do not believe Lloyd tried to extort Hernandez, but that the 23-year-old went “ballistic” after Lloyd started threatening him with information that Hernandez felt could destroy his relationship with the Patriots and his fiancee.

The part about Lloyd having information about violent crimes involving Hernandez is consistent with the theory that Lloyd may have known about Hernandez’s potential involvement in a double murder that took place in Boston last July. Speaking in street terms, there is a growing belief that Hernandez killed Lloyd because he was a loose end.

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Ernest Wallace, suspect in Odin Lloyd murder, has been captured

Ernest-WallaceErnest Wallace, the 41-year-old suspect who has been tied to the Odin Lloyd murder investigation, has been captured. Massachusetts State Police confirmed Wallace had been taken into custody on Friday afternoon, less than 24 hours after police put out wanted posters with information on Wallace in an attempt to track him down. He was found in Miramar, Fla.

Wallace’s capture means three men have now been brought into custody in connection with the Lloyd murder, one of them being Aaron Hernandez. On Wednesday, 27-year-old Carlos Ortiz was arrested in Connecticut and charged as a fugitive of justice. A judge ordered that he be turned over to Massachusetts authorities on Friday.

[Related: Aaron Hernandez reportedly rented SUV used in 2012 double murder]

The details from the Lloyd murder have been unfolding rapidly. Early Friday morning, a rental car that prosecutors believe Hernandez rented so his accomplices could flee the state was seized in Bristol, Conn. Wallace was reportedly the last person seen driving the Chrysler 300, but his whereabouts were unknown at the time police impounded the vehicle.

It is unclear exactly how authorities believe Wallace was involved with the murder of Lloyd, although I’m sure that information will become clearer in the very near future. According to the Boston Globe, Ortiz was seen on surveillance video entering Hernandez’s home in North Attleboro at about 3:30 a.m. on June 17 armed with a handgun.

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Photo: FOX 25 Boston