Report: Pats' Hernandez linked to homicide victim

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Updated: 6/20/2013 7:02 pm

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez reportedly had ties to a man who was found dead Monday night.

The body of Odin Lloyd was found near Hernandez's home in North Attleboro, Mass. on Monday night. Police have begun the investigation as a homicide and met with Hernandez at his home on Tuesday and Wednesday.

FOX-25 in Boston cited a law enforcement source as saying that Hernandez and Lloyd were with two other men at a bar in Boston on the night of the homicide and left together in a vehicle driven by Hernandez. The report said it is still unclear as to what happened afterward.

Additionally, ABC News -- citing an investigator with knowledge of the case -- reported Thursday that Hernandez intentionally destroyed a home security system within his house and turned over a broken cell phone to police. The 2011 Pro Bowl selection also hired a cleaning service to clean his mansion on Monday, according to the source.

Sports Illustrated first broke the story on Tuesday, saying Hernandez was questioned by Massachusetts state police in its investigation. According to SI.com, police have connected a 2013 Chevrolet Suburban rented in Hernandez's name with the homicide of Lloyd.

Hernandez has spent three seasons with the Patriots. He set career highs of 79 catches, 910 receiving yards and seven touchdowns during his Pro Bowl season of 2011, then played in just 10 games due to injuries last year and finished with 51 receptions for 483 yards with five touchdowns.

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