As police investigation the circumstances surrounding the death of an “associate” of Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, the case includes whether the incident involved drugs.
According to the Boston Globe (which has temporarily lifted its pay wall for the story, meaning that more than five people will read it), two unnamed law-enforcement officials said detectives are trying to determine whether the apparent murder is drug related.
Hernandez failed multiple drug tests at the University of Florida, greasing the skids for a slide to round four of the draft.
As previously mentioned, WBZ-TV has identified the victim as 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. Per Tom Curran of CSN New England, a spokesman for the Bristol County District Attorney has called the situation “fluid and ongoing,” and has declined to confirm the identification of the deceased.
Lloyd’s uncle told the Globe that Lloyd “possibly” is the person whose body was found near an industrial park roughly a mile from Hernandez’s North Attleboro home. WBZ-TV reports that Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend.