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Aaron Hernandez Indicted On Double Murder

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Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images.
Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images.

Former New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on two counts of first-degree murder, and he has been accused of shooting and killing Daniel Abreu and Safira Furtado. The incident took place during a traffic light stop in Boston’s South End on the night of June 16, 2012.

“For us, this case was not about Aaron Hernandez,” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. “This case was about two victims, who were stalked, ambushed, and senselessly murdered on the streets of the city they called home.”

These new charges add to the first-degree murder charge Hernandez is already facing for the death of Odin Lloyd from back on June 2013 in North Attleborough, Boston. The two murder cases are believed to be linked. The double homicide of Abreu and Furtado had come to a dead end until Hernandez was being investigated for the killing of Lloyd. It has been speculated that Lloyd was killed because Hernandez was concerned that Lloyd had revealed his role in the deaths of Abreu and Furtado. In an attempt to avoid being linked to the drive-by killings of Abreu and Furtado, Hernandez actually led the police right to him.

The families of both Abreu and Furtado have filed wrongful death lawsuits against Hernandez demanding $6 million in damages. Hernandez is still being held without bail in Bristol County jail, and he’s currently awaiting trial.

“This was a chance encounter where two young men were out ... and basically had an encounter that led to their deaths,” said Police Commissioner William Evans. “I remember going to the scene that morning. ... It was a terrible tragedy.”

If Hernandez is found guilty of the murders of both Abreu and Furtado, the New England Patriots could potentially stop paying any guaranteed and signing bonus money owed to Hernandez from the contract he signed after the slayings.