Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end who has been charged with the murder of one man, is under investigation for the murder of two other men a year ago.
Hernandez is currently being held without bail after being charged Wednesday with the June 17 murder of Odin Lloyd. Now, investigators have told Fox 25, ABC News and the Boston Globe that they are investigating a possible connection between the murders of Lloyd and those of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
“The motive might have been that the victim knew [Hernandez] might have been involved,” an official told the Globe. Abreu and Furtado were shot to death when a silver or gray SUV pulled alongside their car and someone inside opened fire.
From the Globe’s report:
The attack in Boston occurred just after 2 a.m. on July 16, 2012. Police said the shooter fired numerous times into the car, striking Abreu and Furtado, who was in the passenger seat.
One of the back-seat passengers was shot three times in the arm but survived. He was rushed to Tufts Medical Center and was treated and released. The other two occupants fled the car and were unharmed.
The two men’s deaths at the time were a mystery to their families and police, who said they had no ties to criminal activity.
The SUV was never found. It is unclear why Hernandez’s home is being searched again; it has been searched at least twice previously.
Hernandez pleaded not guilty to murder and gun charges Wednesday and was appealing the decision not to grant him bail at a hearing this afternoon. Meanwhile, police had returned to his home this afternoon and were searching it for the third time since the June 17 murder of Lloyd.