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Ex-Patriot now being investigated in double murder

  • Source: Hernandez rented car used in unsolved 2012 shooting
  • Victims had fought with Hernandez, friends earlier in night
  • Ex-Patriot has pleaded not guilty in death of Odin Lloyd
Ex-Patriot now being investigated in double murder

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday in the death of Odin Lloyd, is now also being investigated in connection with an unsolved Boston double murder from last summer, according to law enforcement sources who spoke with CNN. The July 2012 shooting may also have something to do with the Lloyd's death.

The Boston Globe reports that investigators believe Lloyd might have had information about Hernandez's possible role in the South End double murder.

According to the Globe, the ex-Patriot was among a group of people who got into a fight with two men at Boston's Cure nightclub in July 2012. That night, a silver SUV pulled up alongside the BMW the two men were driving and someone inside the SUV fired at their car. Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado were killed in the drive-by and three other people in their car survived the shooting.

Law enforcement sources tell CNN the silver SUV has now been found and impounded, and they believe Hernandez was renting it at the time of the double murder.

Speaking of the Lloyd killing, an official told the Globe, "The motive might have been that the victim knew [Hernandez] might have been involved" in the drive-by.

Hernandez pleaded not guilty Wednesday to first-degree murder and five gun charges in the death of the 27-year-old Lloyd. Prosecutors said the victim was driven to an abandoned field a half-mile from Hernandez's home around 3:25 a.m. ET on June 17 and was then shot five times.

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