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Another murder probe involves ex-Patriots TE Hernandez

| Thursday, June 27, 2013, 9:15 p.m.

Authorities are investigating a possible connection of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez to a double murder that occurred in Boston last summer, multiple outlets reported.

It was unclear whether that case has anything to do with the murder charge Hernandez faces in the death of 27-year-old semi-pro football player and friend Odin Lloyd.

ABC News and The Boston Globe said the case being examined is the drive-by shooting deaths of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado in July.

According to The Globe, investigators believe Abreu and Furtado were involved in a fight at a club with a group that included Hernandez. Later, a car driven by Abreu took gunfire from an SUV. Abreu and Furtado died at the scene. The case remains unsolved — but it might prove to be a motive for Hernandez's alleged involvement in Lloyd's murder.

The Globe reported that investigators believe Lloyd, killed in a North Attleborough, Mass., industrial park June 17 near Hernandez's home, might have had information about the deaths of Abreu and Furtado. Hernandez was charged Wednesday with Lloyd's murder. He was denied bail Wednesday and again Thursday when attorneys appealed to Superior Court.

Hernandez is being held without bail. His next appearance in district court has been set for July 24 for a probable cause hearing, although prosecutors could convene a grand jury before then to seek a formal indictment.

In the final minutes of his life, Lloyd sent a series of texts to his sister. “Did you see who I was with?” said the first, at 3:07 a.m. June 17. “Who?” she finally replied. “NFL,” he texted back, then added: “Just so you know.”

Moments later, Lloyd died in what a prosecutor called an execution-style shooting orchestrated by Hernandez.

Another man, Carlos Ortiz, 27, was arrested as part of the investigation. Authorities did not say who fired the shots.

Bristol County assistant district attorney Bill McCauley said Lloyd was shot multiple times, including twice from above as he was lying on the ground. He said five .45-caliber casings were found at the scene.

In addition to the murder charge, Hernandez is accused of shooting a Florida man in the face after they argued at a strip club in February, according to a lawsuit the alleged victim filed.

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