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Sources say Aaron Hernandezs home security system

Sources say Aaron Hernandezs home security system

BOSTON New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez had a connection to a homicide victim found in an industrial park near the athletes home, but family and officials were mum on the nature of their relationship Thursday, two days after police first visited the upscale division.

Media camped out Thursday at Hernandezs home, on the Rhode Island state line not far from the Patriots stadium in Foxborough. A news helicopter followed along as Hernandez drove in a white SUV from his home to the stadium, then got out and went inside.

Patriots spokesman Stacey James said the team had no comment on why Hernandez was there. He said earlier that the team did not anticipate commenting publicly during the police investigation.

The body found about a mile from Hernandezs sprawling home in North Attleborough was that of 27yearold Odin Lloyd, according to a prosecutors office. His cause of death wasnt released.

Lloyd was a semipro football player for the Boston Bandits, and his family said he had a connection to Hernandez, whose home was searched by police.

Hernandez attorney Michael Fee acknowledged media reports about the state police search of Hernandezs home as part of an investigation but said he and the player wouldnt have any comment on it.

Lloyds mother, Ursula Ward, would not say how Lloyd knew Hernandez and did not say whether police told her how her son died. An uncle said Lloyd had a connection to Hernandez but wouldnt elaborate.

My son is a wonderful child, Ward said Wednesday as she cried outside the family home in Bostons Dorchester neighborhood. Hes a family guy. He hasnt done anything to hurt anyone.

Bristol District Attorney Samuel Sutters office said investigators were asking for the publics help to find a silver mirror cover believed to have broken off a car between Boston and North Attleborough.

Two troopers knocked on the door of Hernandezs house Wednesday morning, but no one answered. The night before, police spent hours there as another group of officers searched the industrial park.

Later Wednesday, at least seven state troopers searched both sides of a road just off the street where Hernandez lives. The officers used thin poles to pull back plants and search through undergrowth along the road.

The Patriots drafted Hernandez out of Florida in 2010. Since then, he has combined with Rob Gronkowski to form one of the top tight end duos in the NFL. He missed 10 games last season with an ankle injury and had shoulder surgery in April but is expected to be ready for training camp. Last summer, the Patriots gave him a fiveyear contract worth $40 million.

Sports Illustrated reported that the link between Hernandez and the case was a rented Chevrolet Suburban with Rhode Island plates that police had been searching for. The Associated Press could not independently confirm the report.

Lloyds neighbor Larry Connors said a black Suburban with Rhode Island license plates was towed out of the yard of Lloyds house after his body was found. Lloyd had been driving it for a few days, but Connors had never seen it before that.

Bandits coach Olivier Bustin, who last saw Lloyd on Saturday at a team scrimmage and heard on Tuesday he had been killed, said he never knew him to be in trouble.

He was a personable guy, just a guy who was wellliked by everybody on the team, said the coach, who said Lloyd didnt start but played a big role on defense.

And, you know, its just tough that hes not here, she said. As my mom said, just give us our time to grieve. And I hope that they find out who did it. Continued.2.