NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots’ Aaron Hernandez has been arrested and taken into custody by police, who are investigating the homicide of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, who was found shot execution-style about a half-mile from Hernandez’s home.
Hernandez, wearing red shorts and sneakers, was led out from his home handcuffed, his arms inside a white V-neck white T-shirt and behind his back, and placed in the back seat of a police cruiser.
Hernandez has been at the center of a police investigation into Lloyd’s death.
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The 27-year-old’s body was found on June 17 in an industrial park by a nighttime jogger, about a half-mile from Hernandez’s home. Police ruled the death a homicide, and Lloyd’s family members said Lloyd, who was shot in the head, and Hernandez were friends who had been together the previous day.
Just hours after the arrest, the New England Patriots announced in a statement that the team released Hernandez.
“A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss,” the team said in a statement. “Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do.”
The Patriots drafted Hernandez out of Florida in 2010, and last summer, the team gave Hernandez a five-year contract worth $40 million.
Seven officers were present for the 8:47 a.m. arrest by Massachusetts State Police and North Attleboro Police. Hernandez will be arraigned at Attleboro District Court. In an email statement, the office of Bristol District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter said he will meet with the press and issue a statement following Hernandez’s arraignment.