BOSTON – At least one company yanked an endorsement deal from New England tight end Aaron Hernandez on Friday as puzzled family members of an acquaintance found slain a mile from Hernandez’s home sought answers about how he died.
Police have searched in and around Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, not far from where the Patriots practice, but a court clerk said as of Friday afternoon no arrest warrants had been issued in the case. The Bristol County district attorney has not released any information, other than saying the death of semipro player Odin Lloyd was being treated as a homicide.
Sources told ABC News an arrest warrant for Hernandez for alleged obstruction of justice has been prepared.
A jogger found Lloyd’s body in an industrial park Monday. Family members said Friday that Lloyd had been dating Hernandez’s fiancee’s sister for about two years. They said Hernandez, 23, and Lloyd were friends who were together the night Lloyd died.
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Police in nearby Providence, R.I., said they had assisted Massachusetts state police and North Attleborough police with activity related to the Hernandez investigation at a strip club named Club Desire. It was unclear if they believed Lloyd and Hernandez might have been at the club in the days before Lloyd died. A reporter was escorted out of the club Friday afternoon before she could speak with employees or patrons.
Family members have said Lloyd, 27, was never in trouble.
“I want the person that killed my son to be brought to justice,” said Lloyd’s mother, Ursula Ward. “That’s my firstborn child, my only boy child, and they took him away from me.”
Officials for CytoSport, a Benicia, Calif.-based company that makes Muscle Milk and other supplements, said they were ending Hernandez’s endorsement contract, effective immediately, because of the investigation.
Earlier this week, a man filed a lawsuit in Florida claiming Hernandez shot him in the face after they argued at a strip club in February.