Home of Patriots' Aaron Hernandez Raided by Police Investigating Apparent Murder

A corpse was found near Hernandez's mansion, leading police to the football star.


Police spent several hours Tuesday night inside the Attleborough, Mass., home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, 23, grilling the football star about a body found nearby on Monday. It's unclear if Hernandez is suspected of committing a crime.

Hernandez was initially uncooperative, two law enforcement sources told ABC News, and during questioning, a courier for the Ropes and Gray law firm walked past reporters camped outside the residence to deliver a sealed message to "Mr. Hernandez himself."

Many basic facts about the case are currently unclear. The body belonged to a 27-year-old Boston man, police said, but his name and cause of death have not been publicly revealed. A rented Enterprise car with Rhode Island plates found near the body led police to Hernandez, according to reports.

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Massachusetts State Police arrived at Hernandez's home before 5 p.m. EDT and left around 10 p.m.

The Sun Chronicle, a local publication, reports that around a dozen state and local police officers entered Hernandez's home, with one officer leaving with what appeared to be a cardboard box.

The young football star reportedly purchased the 5,600-square-foot home in November 2012 for $1.3 million. It is situated in a wealthy neighborhood a few miles from the Rhode Island state line.

"I am aware of the reports, but I do not anticipate that we will be commenting publicly during an ongoing police investigation," Patriots spokesperson Stacey James said in a widely quoted statement.

Hernandez attended the University of Florida before being picked by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft. He signed a five-year contract with the Patriots worth $40 million – not including a $12.5 million signing bonus – in August 2012, according to the Boston Globe.


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