A man found dead in an industrial park about a mile from New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez’s house was a semi-pro football player with connections to Hernandez, his family said Wednesday.
Ursula Ward said police told her the body was that of her son Odin Lloyd, who played for the Boston Bandits.
His cause of death was ruled a homicide by the Massachusetts medical examiner.
“My son is a wonderful child,” she said, crying as she spoke outside the family’s home in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. “… He hasn’t done anything to hurt anyone.”
Ward would not say how Lloyd knew Hernandez and did not say if police told her how her son died.
Earlier, an uncle said Lloyd had a connection to Hernandez but wouldn’t elaborate.
State police returned for the second day Wednesday to Hernandez’s sprawling home in an upscale subdivision in North Attleborough on the Rhode Island state line not far from the Patriots’ stadium in Foxborough.
They referred questions about their investigation to Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter, who released no additional information about the case.
Hernandez attorney Michael Fee acknowledged reports about the state police search of Hernandez’s home as part of an investigation but said he and the player wouldn’t have any comment on it.
Sports Illustrated, citing an unidentified source, reported Tuesday that Hernandez was not thought to be a suspect.
Two troopers knocked on the door of Hernandez’s house Wednesday morning, but no one answered.
GIANTS PUNTER/ANALYST JENNINGS DIES AT 61
Former New York Giants punter and radio analyst Dave Jennings has died. He was 61.
The Giants announced that Jennings died at his home in Upper Saddle River, N.J. The team was informed of his death by his sister Susan Jennings and several close friends.
The most prolific punter in Giants history, Jennings had battled Parkinson’s disease since 1996.
Jennings played for the Giants from 1974-84. He holds franchise records for most punts (931 — 405 more than second-place Sean Landeta) and punt yardage (38,792). Jennings was selected to play in the Pro Bowl in 1978-80 and ’82.
The Dallas Cowboys signed their third-round draft pick, Baylor receiver Terrance Williams (74th overall pick) and Georgia Southern safety J.J. Wilcox (80th in fourth round). … The San Francisco 49ers signed defensive end Justin Smith to a two-year contract extension. … The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed veteran free agent cornerback Michael Adams and waived guard Jeremy Lewis.