On Wednesday, the Boston Herald reported the Boston police are exploring the origins of the many tattoos on former NFL player Aaron Hernandez, 24. Authorities continue to gather evidence in prosecuting the former New England Patriots player for his alleged involvement in at least three homicides. Authorities want to speak to any tattoo artists who have inked Hernandez in the past—specifically on his right forearm between February 2012 and June 2013. Authorities think the tattoos may hold some hidden clues.
The tattoos may relate to how some serial killers keep “trophies” from their victims. Hernandez will likely be arraigned this month on two counts of first-degree murder and other charges involving the shooting death of a man named Odin Lloyd, 27. Prosecutors also believe Hernandez could also be involved in the unsolved murders of Daniel de Abreau, 29, and Safiro Furtado, 28.
Police suspected Hernandez of killing Lloyd after spotting him on a surveillance video near the homicide site. According to ESPN, Odin was also an athlete with dreams of becoming an NFL player. Lloyd didn’t become an NFL player, but he did play semipro football for a team called the Boston Bandits.
The motive for Odin’s murder isn’t clear, but both men were friends in the past. Sometime before his death, Lloyd received a text message from someone asking him if he wanted to “hang out.” Shortly after, someone killed Lloyd with five bullets to the chest and back on June 17, 2013.
Hernandez played college ball at the University of Florida. Despite his ability to play professional style football, teams were wary of drafting him. Not only had he previously failed a drug test, he was known to associate with local gang members. His past caused his draft stock to plummet. Eventually, the New England Patriots decided to risk drafting him with the 113th overall pick in 2010.