Aaron Hernandez indicted for 'execution' of two men in the South End

A Suffolk County grand jury today indicted the former Patriots player on charges he gunned down two men after some sort of altercation in Cure Lounge in the Theater District on July 16, 2012.

In a statement, Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said:

After the victims left the club at about 2:00 a.m., they drove down Tremont Street. Unbeknownst to them, Hernandez followed behind, traveling in an SUV. When the victims’ car stopped at a red light on Shawmut Avenue waiting to turn onto Herald Street, the SUV pulled up beside the victims’ car on the right. Aaron Hernandez fired a .38 caliber revolver multiple times from the driver’s side of his vehicle into the passenger’s side of the victims’ vehicle. Daniel de Abreu, the driver, suffered multiple wounds, including a fatal gunshot wound to the chest. Safiro Furtado, in the front passenger seat, also suffered multiple wounds, including a fatal gunshot wound to the head. Two backseat passengers escaped physical injury and fled on foot. A third remained with his friends, suffering a gunshot wound to his arm.

From last June forward, there were a number of significant developments in the investigation. Those developments include the recovery of the car Hernandez used in the murders and hid in a relative’s garage in Bristol, Connecticut, and the recovery of the murder weapon from an individual with connections to Hernandez.

In addition to the two murder charges, Hernandez was also charged with three counts of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and illegal possession of a gun.

Conley added:

On the morning Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado were killed, they were described in media reports as being tied to a Cape Verdean gang based in Dorchester. Nothing could be further from the truth. Neither of them were involved in gangs, guns, or violent crime, and that characterization was unfair to their memory and their families. We have nothing but sympathy for them and their ordeals.

Innocent, etc.

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On the morning Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado were killed, they were described in media reports as being tied to a Cape Verdean gang based in Dorchester. Neither of them were involved in gangs, guns, or violent crime, and that characterization was unfair to their memory and their families.

Glad to see they are setting the record straight but where did these allegations of involvement with these gangs come from to begin with? That is worth an investigation.

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2012 Season

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Hernandez went on to play 10 games in the regular season, along with a preseason game 10 days after the murders. Where was NFL security?

Seriously

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How the hell can you blame "NFL security" for not knowing about this? Nobody knew until he killed Lloyd and someone dropped a dime on him.

Krafty

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hadn't a clue? Whatever.

Yes

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How dare Bob Kraft not follow every one of the hundreds of employees of the Patriots and know exactly what they're doing at all times.

Is that your complaint, or do you think Kraft knew about these murders, but chose not to tell anyone because, "whatever it takes to win"?

Where did the 'execution'

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Where did the 'execution' quote come from ? Probably not the editor of this blog who I'm sure knows better. For the I don't know how manyth time, execution means something else entirely different than murder.

Sorry, mistakenly left that out

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Was from Conley's statement:

A short time ago, the Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Aaron Hernandez with two counts of first-degree murder for the shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Mr. de Abreu and Mr. Furtardo were ambushed and executed as they drove home along Shawmut Avenue in Boston’s South End in the early morning hours of July 16, 2012.