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How Aaron Hernandez and Odin Lloyd crossed paths

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10:50 AM ET 06.29 | A gifted high school athlete, Odin Lloyd had not abandoned his childhood dream of playing pro football. He played with a semipro team, the Boston Bandits, sometimes on high school fields -- even if he could not always afford the $75 dues. Mr. Lloyd and Mr. Hernandez had virtually nothing in common, other than a love for football. But their lives did cross, and now Mr. Hernandez is in jail, charged with Mr. Lloyd's murder. Interviews with more than a dozen friends and relatives of both men reveal a complicated relationship that offered Mr. Lloyd a glimpse of a rarefied corner of professional sports, but was also filled with constant reminders of the vast gulf between the two athletes. Mr. Lloyd's murder and the subsequent revelation that Mr. Hernandez is being investigated in a separate double homicide have tarnished the Patriots organization, which holds itself up as a model franchise, and delivered the latest black eye for the National Football League, a league that has long coped with players who commit violent crimes. But on Fayston Street, where Mr. Lloyd lived, and in Bristol, Conn., where Mr. Hernandez grew up, the murder and its fallout have come as shocking, and tragic, mysteries.

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June 29, 2013  10:54 AM ET

They should have never crossed paths, too bad for Odin!!!!

June 29, 2013  11:27 AM ET

Number 81-with a bullet.

June 29, 2013  11:48 AM ET

Lloyd's girlfriend and Hernandez's girlfriend were sisters, as we've been told.

June 29, 2013  12:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Lloyd's girlfriend and Hernandez's girlfriend were sisters, as we've been told.

This is a pretty good article, though the constant use of "Mr." gets a little bit weird. I recommend reading the whole thing.

June 29, 2013  12:27 PM ET

^^^^ Accidentally quoted DD, but it was meant as a general recommendation.

June 29, 2013  12:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

This is a pretty good article, though the constant use of "Mr." gets a little bit weird. I recommend reading the whole thing.

Perhaps the author doesn't want Mr. Hernandez to kill him?

June 29, 2013  12:45 PM ET

Lives gone so terribly wrong....sad.

June 29, 2013  12:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

This is a pretty good article, though the constant use of "Mr." gets a little bit weird. I recommend reading the whole thing.

This has been the policy of the NY Times for a long time. Men's names are prefixed with Mr., unless and until they have been convicted of a felony.

Mr. Lloyd will always be Mr. Lloyd. Mr. Hernandez will become just Hernandez in fairly short order.

June 29, 2013  01:11 PM ET

Story is pretty much over now. Press just wanted the perp walk and then they go home. Not much interest in the boring details.

June 29, 2013  01:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

This has been the policy of the NY Times for a long time. Men's names are prefixed with Mr., unless and until they have been convicted of a felony...

The Dallas Morning News tried this a few years ago. The response of readers was universally negative. Lasted about a year...

June 29, 2013  01:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

The Dallas Morning News tried this a few years ago. The response of readers was universally negative. Lasted about a year...

It sounds better if you read it while using Homer Simpson's voice in your head.

June 29, 2013  02:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Lloyd's girlfriend and Hernandez's girlfriend were sisters, as we've been told.

THe article never does say how the two crossed paths. Was it because they dated the same sisters? Partied at the same clubs?, or belonged to the same gang ?

These sisters know who killed Lloyd and why. Lloyds referred to Hernandez as NFL. His last text message to his sister moments before he was killed read " NFL, just so you know". Lloyd was telling us all who the person was who was about to kill him.

June 29, 2013  02:54 PM ET

Hernandez is my hero!!!

June 29, 2013  03:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Hernandez is my hero!!!

Bring Creepy all the 81 Pats jerseys..... Hernandez needs them to wipe his a-s-s while in incarcerated!!!

June 29, 2013  05:10 PM ET

My guess is that CSI will have an episode that mirrors the circumstance of Hernandez/ Lloyd next season. The question right now is will they find enough evidence to charge Hernandez with the 2012 murders, if they do maybe then they could make it into a 2 part episode.

June 29, 2013  05:39 PM ET

It's all so unfortunate. What a waste.

June 29, 2013  07:57 PM ET

I wonder how Hernandez explains why he has his car in his uncles garage hidden away and it matches the one in the drive by to a tee. This guy is toast.

June 29, 2013  08:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

My guess is that CSI will have an episode that mirrors the circumstance of Hernandez/ Lloyd next season. The question right now is will they find enough evidence to charge Hernandez with the 2012 murders, if they do maybe then they could make it into a 2 part episode.

Wait, CSI is still on?

Wait... which one?

 
July 2, 2013  09:42 PM ET

No motive, no murder weapon. The circumstantial evidence is significant, but I'm sure Hernandez' "Dream Team" of lawyers will prevent the jury from hearing a lot of it. It's going to be more difficult to get a conviction than most people think.

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