The case against former pro football star Aaron Hernandez keeps growing wider. The ex New England Patriot is now being tied to gangs and drugs while cops searched his Massachusetts home again Friday – this time in connection with two more murders, RadarOnline is reporting.
Hernandez, 23, is charged with first-degree murder in the execution-style shooting of Odin Lloyd, 27, a semi-pro football player who had ties to Aaron.
Boston police were back at Hernandez’s North Attleborough mansion Friday morning, searching for evidence to tie him to the murders of two men in a 2012 drive-by shooting.
Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Teixeira Furtado, 28 were gunned down on July 16, 2012 in Boston. Hernandez had been seen in a dispute at a club hours before.
Some outlets have reported authorities suspect Lloyd knew about those killings, causing Hernandez to want him out of the picture.
Meanwhile, Hernandez’s many tattoos are being examined for gang affiliations as rumors bubble that he was connected to gangs in Bristol, Conn., his hometown.
The word “blood” is tattooed on his right hand, a strong indication of a tie. In addition a photo has surfaced of the former tight end throwing a gang sign.
Sports Illustrated has also reported he had well-known gang ties over the years.
Hernandez was involved with drugs – at least marijuana – while at the University of Florida, and possibly in the NFL, one source told Radar.
He failed at drug test while playing for the Gators and it was well-known on campus that he smoked pot.
Boston station WBZ-TV reported “investigators now believe Lloyd may have had information about Hernandez’s alleged role in the double murder.
“We’re following evidence, following the leads,” Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley told WBZ-TV.
In addition, an interview Hernandez did with the TV show Extra has now resurfaced as ironic reminder of his double life.
“I just try to be a role model,” Hernandez said. “And when I see Hispanics who look up to me, I try to lead them in the right direction and hopefully it gives a lot of Hispanics out there a drive to be able to be successful because there’s not that many Hispanics in the NFL and it’s just an honor to be one.”
That interview was conducted in April.
And discussing the police work that relied on high-tech tool including cell phone tracking, former Boston Police Commissioner Bill Bratton told the Boston Herald”
“It’s not that we’re so smart, it’s that they’re (crooks) so dumb.
He noted that Hernandez was captured on his own home surveillance system carrying a gun the night of the murder of Lloyd and added: “He’s not the brightest bulb.”