FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on murder charges in a 2012 double slaying in Boston.
Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado were shot as they sat in a car in Boston’s South End on July 16, 2012. A third man was also injured in the shooting.
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Police said they were shot by someone who drove up alongside in an SUV with Rhode Island plates and opened fire. Boston police wrote in an affidavit there is probable cause to believe that Hernandez was driving a vehicle used in the shooting and “may have been the shooter.”
The Suffolk Country District Attorney said investigators have been working the details of this case relentlessly for nearly two years with more than 80 exhibits and two dozen witnesses presented to the Grand Jury.
“We are quite confident in our evidence – that’s why we asked the Grand Jury to vote on it this morning – that Aaron Hernandez is the principle, the shooter, and the person responsible for taking the lives of the two victims,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley on Thursday.
Court records also indicate two of the key witnesses in the double shooting are North Providence residents. Records also indicate Connecticut resident Alexander Bradley was with Hernandez the night of the double shooting. Bradley now has an active civil suit against Hernandez, claiming the former football player shot him in Florida in 2013.
The District Attorney’s office said the victims in the double murder in Boston had no ties to gangs or criminal activity.
Hernandez is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to murder in the unrelated death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd in North Attleboro.