Early this morning a press conference was held by Suffolk County District Attorney, Daniel Conley, to discuss former New England Patriots tight end, Aaron Hernandez’s indictment.
Hernandez has been indicted on two counts of first degree murder for the July 16, 2012 murders of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado. The ex-football star was also charged with three counts of assault with attempt to murder.
This is in addition to a string of horrific events involving Aaron Hernandez, including the recent murder of semi-football player, Odin Lloyd, in 2013, a death Hernandez has already been charged for.
In this afternoon’s indictment, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley made it clear in the beginning of his statement that the victims Daniel Abreu or Safiro Furtado, did have not gang ties, as previously reported, and described their meeting with Hernandez at a Boston night club as a “chance encounter.”
Conley declined to get into the specifics of what lead to the shooting by asking reporters to attend next week’s expected arraignment for further details.
At about 12:30 am in 2012 the victims arrived at Cure Lounge.
After the victims left the night club at 2:00 am they were allegedly followed by Hernandez in his SUV.
According to CNN, As Abreu and Furtado stopped at the red light, the SUV that carried Hernandez pulled up on the right by the victims car and fired a .38 caliber revolver in the passenger side of the victims vehicle. Abreu who was driving, was shot multiple times and suffered a fatal gun shot wound to the chest.
Furtado, who was in the front passenger seat, was shot multiple times as well and suffered a fatal gun shot wound to the head. Two of the back seat passengers were able to escape while another man stayed in the car because he was shot in the arm.
“For us, the case was never about Aaron Hernandez,” Conley said Thursday, “but about two victims who were stalked, ambushed, and executed.”
Hernandez hid his SUV in Connecticut at a family member’s home and as previously reported the weapon used in the shooting was found last August.
Two months later, a man who survived the drive-by shooting, identified Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end, as the shooter.
One of the surviving witnesses was quoted by Fox 25 last fall stating:
“They just came up and started firing for no reason at all.” We never had any trouble. We were not those kind of people. We were just having fun….Things happened so fast. I was trying to defend myself. They were shooting everywhere inside the car, front to back. They just came to kill. That’s it.”
The witness said he could pinpoint the shooter after seeing Hernandez’s face last summer when he was arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd.
Just a month after the incidents that led to a double murder, Hernandez signed a 40 million dollar contract and played in 10 regular season games with the New England Patriots during their run to the AFC Championship. He talked about being inspired by his family to make smart decisions.
” I called [my family] and told them obviously what the contract was, and the basics about it,” he said at the team’s annual charity gala on August 27th, 2012. “They were all crying. I was crying right with them. This is probably one of the best days of my life. I’ll remember this day forever. I just hope I keep going, doing the right things, making the right decisions so I can have a good life, and be there to live a good life with my family.”