The story of Aaron Hernandez continues to get more and more twisted by the second. The former New England Patriots player was arraigned on the charge of murder of Odin Lloyd, along with five gun-related offenses.
Police have apprehended a third man in connection to the Lloyd murder. Ernest “Fish” Wallace turned himself in to authorities in Florida Friday (June 28). He joins Hernandez and Carlos Ortiz, who have been charged in the crime.
Hernandez is also being viewed as a person of interest in a 2012 double homicide. News that he was being investigated in the drive-by shooting of two men was first reported Thursday night.
According to the Boston Globe, two unnamed law enforcement officials believed Lloyd may have learned about the 2012 slaying. “The motive might have been that the victim knew [Hernandez] might have been involved,” one of the officials says.
According to investigators, the theory is the men who were slain, Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, were involved in a fight with a group that included Hernandez at a Boston night club. Eventually the two men left the club, along with three others.
The police say a car pulled up alongside Abreu and Furtado at a stoplight and someone opened fire on them. They died from their injuries, while the three men in the back of the car survived.
If it turns out Hernandez is linked to the murder, that means he played a season with the Patriots after possibly being part of the crime.
For their part, the Patriots are continuing to quickly distance themselves from Hernandez by encouraging parents to get rid of his jerseys. On July 6 and 7, the used jerseys can be returned to the team’s store to be exchanged for any other jersey in stock. “We know that children love wearing their Patriots jerseys, but may not understand why parents don’t want them wearing their Hernandez jerseys anymore,” says Patriots spokesperson Stacey Jones.