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Aaron Hernandez taken from home in handcuffs, is released from the New England Patriots

10:50 AM, Jun 26, 2013   |    comments
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NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been taken from his Massachusetts home in handcuffs after a Boston semi-pro football player was found dead in an industrial park a mile from his house.

Family members say the dead man, 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, was dating a woman whose sister is Hernandez's fiancee. Officials ruled the death a homicide but did not say how Lloyd died.

It's unclear why Hernandez was being taken into custody. A message was left for his attorney. He is due to be arraigned in Attleboro later Wednesday. State police say they won't discuss the charge against him until it's presented in court.

State police have searched in and around Hernandez's North Attleborough home several times. At least three search warrants have been issued in connection with the investigation.

Released from Patriots

The New England Patriots say they've released tight end Aaron Hernandez "following his arrest in the investigation of a homicide" last week in nearby North Attleboro.

The Patriots issued a statement Wednesday saying: "We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do."

The move came a few hours after Hernandez was taken from his home in handcuffs. He was taken into custody more than a week after a Boston semi-pro football player was found dead in an industrial park a mile from Hernandez's house.

Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player for the Boston Bandits, was found slain June 17. Officials ruled the death a homicide but did not say how Lloyd died.

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