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People in Bristol react to Aaron Hernandez being charged with murder


Aaron Hernandez has been questioned by police ever since the body of man was found murdered about a mile from his home.

On Wednesday, he was arrested and charged with murdering a friend a few days after they got into a dispute at a nightclub.

Hernandez grew up in Bristol where he was a football superstar at Bristol Central High School.

Laura Carr's daughter said Hernandez was always talked about, even though he graduated a few years ago.

"To be a role model to these kids and then do something stupid, its really bad," Carr said.

At the convenience store down the street from where Hernandez went to high school, there is disappointment. 

"Just cause he is from Bristol and you see somebody make it from Bristol, and then all of a sudden they are in trouble," said Jay Melecio, of Bristol.

Hernandez's arrest comes a little more than a week after the body of Odin Lloyd was found in the woods near Hernandez's Massachusetts home.

Lloyd was the boyfriend of a woman, whose sister is Hernandez's fiance, and they were seen together at a night club.

While police do not have the murder weapon, Hernandez is charged with killing, with Lloyd, and is being held without bond.

Shortly after the arrest, the New England Patriots cut Hernandez,  who when drafted was the youngest player out of the National Football League at the time.

Last summer, he signed a 5-year deal worth $40 million.

"He has so much money, why would he do that," said Hernandez's friend Nathaniel Gonzalez. "He has a daughter to take care of. It's just ridiculous they would try to play him like that."

Gonzalez's sister graduated with Hernandez from Bristol Central High School, and they are close friends.

About a year ago, Gonzalez said they had dinner at Hernandez's house. 

"They are trying to make him look like this horrible guy," Gonzalez said. "I believe in him to the fullest, and I will believe in him. Even if they convict him, I won't believe it because I know him personally, and he would not do something like that."

Hernandez is also accused in another shooting. An East Hartford man said Hernandez shot him outside of a Florida nightclub.

Alexander Bradley lives on Mountain View Drive, but no one answered when Eyewitness News showed up.

Bradley, who has a criminal history in East Hartford, filed a lawsuit claiming he was shot during a dispute in the head and that he has now lost his right eye

Bradley was arrested in April for assault, burglary and disorderly conduct.

Bristol's mayor knows Hernandez and his family.

"Only thing I can say is how devastating it is," said Mayor Art Ward. "Devastating to his family, the victims family and everyone who knows him."

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