Video images taken early Monday morning appear to show New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez together on Fayston Street in Boston with a Dorchester man whose bullet-ridden body was discovered later that day in a North Attleborough industrial park near Hernandez’s house, according to two law enforcement officials.
Hernandez, an up-and-coming NFL star, is not cooperating with the police, according to a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the investigation.
Existence of the video evidence—and a second video showing Hernandez later that morning in North Attleboro — came to light Thursday as police continued to search the industrial park where the body of Odin L. Lloyd, 27, an acquaintance of Hernandez and a semi-pro football player, was discovered. The source of the videos was not immediately clear.
“He was killed where they found the body,” said one law enforcement official. “He was shot multiple times.”
Investigators have not declared Hernandez a suspect, though police moved swiftly to speak to him after Lloyd was found slain. State police searched Hernandez’s sprawling home on Tuesday. On Wednesday and Thursday they scoured the site where Lloyd was found dead, looking for shell casings, said two officials.
Investigators are trying to discern a possible motive as they continue to work to build a case, said one official.
Reporters have staked out Hernandez’s home for days, as questions continue to build about his connection to Lloyd.
In a surreal scene uncannily reminiscent of OJ Simpson’s infamous white Bronco chase, 19 years ago this week, TV news helicopters on Thursday trailed Hernandez’s white SUV from the sky, following him from his home to Gillette Stadium, in nearby Foxborough, and to his lawyer’s office in Boston. He declined to speak to a surge of media when he stopped at a gas station.
An attorney for Hernandez, Michael Fee, emerged around 8 p.m. from the mall entrance to Ropes & Gray, a law firm in the Prudential Center. As a small group of reporters followed him asking questions, he said his client had left the building, though did not say when. He declined to comment on the substance of the meeting.
Fee did not return a call and email seeking comment.
Meanwhile in Florida, lawyers for a man who claims Hernandez shot him in February, leaving him disfigured and half-blind, re-filed a federal lawsuit seeking damages against the football player. The case, originally filed last week, had been withdrawn on Monday so that an error could be fixed in the text of the complaint. .
Alexander Bradley, 30, of East Hartford, claims in the suit that Hernandez pointed a gun at him after an argument in a Miami strip club and — either intentionally or through negligence — fired.
On Fayston Street, where Lloyd’s family lives at the edge of Blue Hill Avenue, grief arrived in twos and threes as mourners stopped by on Thursday.
His family, which has roots in Antigua, placed several of Lloyd’s sports trophies on the rail of their front porch. A framed photograph set amid the trophies showed Lloyd in blue football uniform with what appears to be the number 82.
Grieving neighbors and family were filled with disbelief and questions about Lloyd’s death and the connection to Hernandez.