Families seek compensation from Patriots in Hernandez case

From left, Attorney George Leontire representing the estate of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, Attorney William Kennedy representing the family of Safiro Furtado and Attorney Kenneth Kolpan representing the family of Daniel de Abreu, appear in court for a hearing in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against the estate of Hernandez on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Boston. (Chris Christo/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool) –The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Two families that filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the estate of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez have asked the team to compensate them for the loss of their loved ones.

Hernandez was accused in the 2012 fatal shootings of Daniel de Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) and Safiro Furtado but was acquitted in April. Days later he hanged himself in prison, where he was serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of Odin (OH’-dihn) Lloyd.

Following a status hearing in Suffolk Superior Court on Tuesday lawyers for the families said they would “welcome” the Patriots compensating the families.

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A team spokesman hasn’t responded to a request for comment.

An attorney for Lloyd’s mother previously called on the team to be “champions of justice” by paying $6 million to Lloyd’s estate.