Former tight end for the New England Patriots, Aaron Hernandez, has been convicted of first degree murder with life in prison without parole. He has been convicted for the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was friends with Hernandez.
A series of incriminating texts and surveillance footage linked Hernandez closely with Lloyd on the night of his murder. The motive behind the murder remains somewhat elusive. Some blame his erratic behavior and temper, others point to alcohol. Some have even accused Hernandez of killing Lloyd for knowing too much, possibly about previous allegations behind the murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in 2012.
Both Hernandez’s and Lloyd’s family shed tears while the verdict was being read. Some were shocked at the apparent lack of reaction on Hernandez’s face himself.
#AaronHernandez AARON SHOW NO REACTION ; VICTIM'S MOM CRIES, pumps her fists in air quietly, saying yes. fiance and mom of of AH weep— susan candiotti cnn (@susancandiotti) April 15, 2015
When Ursula Ward, Lloyd’s mother, was asked about her thoughts, she said “Just like God has left his footprint in the sand, my baby’s footprint is in my heart forever. He was my strength. I love him dearly.” In a truly brave statement, Ward also said she would forgive those involved in her son’s death. “I forgive the hands of the people that had a hand in my son’s murder either before or after. And I pray and hope that someday, everyone up there will forgive them also.”