Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was formally indicted Thursday on two counts of first-degree murder for allegedly killing two men in Boston in 2012. Authorities accuse Hernandez of shooting and killing Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado on July 16, 2012 as the two victims sat in their car at a stop light early that morning.
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today that after the two men and Hernandez had a "chance encounter" at a local nightclub, Hernandez followed the two men in his car, pulled up next to them on their right-hand side at the stop light and fired his .38-caliber pistol "multiple times" into the adjacent vehicle, killing Abreu and Furtado, and wounding a third man in the back seat. The alleged murder weapon and vehicle Hernandez used that night have been recovered.
Hernandez is currently in prison awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges stemming from the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to all charges associated with that case, and Conley had no comment when asked today if the two cases are possibly related.
This is a huge story, as it should be. But for the purposes of what we do here, just consider this: The Patriots opened their 2012 training camp about a week after Abreu and Furtado were killed. Was Hernandez on your fantasy team that season? He played in only 10 games due to a lingering ankle injury. He caught 51 passes for 483 yards and five touchdowns. And authorities say Hernandez did that just weeks and months after stalking and murdering two men he had never met before that fateful night.