Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player who's behind bars on first-degree murder charges, has also been linked to a 2012 drive-by double homicide in Boston. Reports emerged Monday that a gun found in a woman's possession by cops investigating a June car accident in Springfield, Mass., has been matched to the 2012 shooting by ballistics experts, according to CBS3Springfield on Aug. 19. Aaron Hernandez sits in jail accused of killing Odin Lloyd in June, and has allegedly been linked to the Boston killings as well.
Jailene Diaz-Ramos, 19, was arrested on June 21 after Massachusetts State Police found a gun in her car. State police sources in Springfield now say that was the same gun used to kill two men in July of last year, a homicide case that detectives are still investigating and believe Hernandez could be tied to.
Diaz-Ramos, who also hails from Aaron Hernandez's home town of Bristol, CT, was arrested by state police after crashing her car on I-91 near the Longmeadow exit in June.
Diaz-Ramos was taken to Baystate Medical Center where she was treated and released, but when state police troopers inventoried her car, they discovered a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver.
The gun was found in a black case in the trunk of the car. Ballistics testing found the gun was the one used in the 2012 South Boston shootings. Click here to read more about that case.
During booking, Diaz-Ramos told investigators the gun belonged to a friend that she would only refer to as "Chicago". She claims she gave him and some other friends, who are all football players, a ride to work. She said they left the case containing the gun in her trunk.
Lt. Daniel Richard, a spokesman for the Massachusetts State Police, said Diaz-Ramos was charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition without permits and improper storage of a weapon. She was released on $1,000 bail, according to MassLive.
Hernandez is currently being held without bail for the June 17 murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, who was killed in an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez’s North Attleboro home.
Police have yet to recover the .45-caliber handgun used in that shooting.