NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – Boston police impounded a silver SUV with Rhode Island license plates at the Bristol, Conn. home of Aaron Hernandez's uncle Friday afternoon.
The Toyota 4Runner was brought away by a tow truck from Mattapan. There is no word on where the SUV was taken.
Investigators from Boston could be seen outside of the home alongside Bristol police apparently taking photos of the SUV. A Bristol police cruiser blocked off the end of the road.
A man named Carlos Ortiz who was arrested Wednesday for carrying a firearm without a license in North Attleboro on the morning of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd's death lived at the home, according to court paperwork.
Boston police headed to Bristol hours after visiting Aaron Hernandez's North Attleboro home.
FOX 25's Catherine Parrotta reported that officers from the Boston Police Department arrived at the home just before 4 a.m. and left just before 5 a.m.
Both uniformed officers and detectives could be seen moving around inside, using flashlights and taking photos. They did not leave with any large evidence bags.
Boston Police had been at the home Thursday evening just hours after FOX 25 first reported that police were looking into Hernandez in connection with a double homicide that happened on July 16, 2012 in downtown Boston.
According to the Boston Police blog from that date, officers responded to the intersection of Shawmut Avenue and Herald Street just after 2 a.m. When they arrived, they found three people had been shot, two fatally, as they sat in a car at a traffic light.
The men were identified as Safiro Furtado and Daniel Abreu. The FOX 25 source said the men, who worked at a cleaning company in Dorchester, had just left a bar in the area.
Furtado and Abreu were sitting in the front seat of the vehicle when witnesses said the occupants of a gray or silver SUV with Rhode Island plates opened fire on it. The surviving victim was in the back seat. Investigators believed two others in the car fled the scene.
The source said that investigators were looking into Aaron Hernandez in connection to the killing.
FOX 25 sources say Hernandez and the shooting victims were all seen at Club Cure in Boston's theatre district. Sources claim there was some sort of fight between them. Furtado's family members confirm that he was with Abreu at a club in Boston on the night of their murders.
Safiro Furtado's mother, Maria Teixeira, spoke with FOX 25's Ted Daniel Thursday afternoon via a translator. She said FOX 25's report was the first time she has heard Hernandez's name connected in any way to her son's murder. Furtado was from Cape Verde and had only been in the U.S. for five months at the time of his death.
According to a memorial fundraiser website for Abreu, he was born in Cape Verde, but emigrated to Boston in 2008. He dreamed of serving in the military and one day becoming a Boston police officer.
On Wednesday, Hernandez was charged with murder in the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, of Dorchester. He was held without bail following his arraignment.
Hernandez was back in court Thursday, once again asking for bail.
Once again, prosecutors recounted a veritable mountain of evidence that they initially presented at the Wednesday's arraignment.
One prosecutor said a search of a Franklin, Mass. condo leased by Hernandez turned up an ammunition clip matching the caliber of casings found at the scene of the killing of Odin Lloyd. A search of a Hummer belonging to Hernandez turned up an ammunition clip matching the caliber of casings found at the scene of the killing of Odin Lloyd, the prosecutor said.
The prosecutor also mentioned a photo posted by TMZ Wednesday that shows Hernandez holding a glock handgun, which TMZ says was taken in 2009. Prosecutors said the gun was similar to the one Hernandez was seen carrying on surveillance footage on the day Odin Lloyd was killed. They added that there was reason to believe Lloyd was killed with a glock handgun.
Hernandez's attorney James Sultan disputed the image, saying that it was an example of why defendants are not tried in bail hearings. He added that undated Internet images are not good evidence. Sultan also argued that his client is a member of the community and is highly visible due to his status as one of the best football players in the country.
The judge said a GPS bracelet wasn't enough to keep Hernandez in the state if released on bail and ultimately denied the request.
"The idea that I can release him on a bracelet is not something I am willing to accept," said the judge.
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