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.
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.