Aaron Hernandez was indicted today on two counts of first-degree murder for killing two men in Boston in 2012. The former New England Patriots star, who is already in jail without bail awaiting trial for the 2013 slaying of Odin L. Lloyd, is now accused of murdering Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
The two were shot to death on July 16, 2012 while stopped at a traffic light in Boston’s South End. The men were killed when someone drove up alongside their vehicle and opened fire.
Abreu and Furtado were childhood friends from Cape Verde with no criminal ties. The case had gone cold until last year when Boston police were urged to focus on Hernandez after Lloyd was killed.
We have to keep in mind that Hernandez is innocent until proven guilty, but it looks like he may have killed three men. The connection between Hernandez and the murders of Abreu and Furtado has always seemed circumstantial but apparently enough evidence has been gathered now to indict Hernandez.
One crazy thing is that Hernandez played 10 games for the Patriots during the 2012-13 season — that would be after the double-murder, which occurred a week before New England opened training camp. Yep, it’s possible that he caught 51 passes and scored five touchdowns after committing these heinous crimes.
Relatives of Abreu and Furtado (as well as relatives of Lloyd) have filed wrongful death suits against Hernandez.