Conn. hometown of Hernandez shocked at star's fall

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By PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The investigation of the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has led authorities to his hometown of Bristol, Conn., the working-class Hartford suburb where he began a meteoric rise that would carry him to the upper echelons of the NFL.

Bristol police say they are assisting the investigation and a local man, 27-year-old Carlos Ortiz, has been charged as a fugitive from justice.

Massachusetts state police said Thursday night they are seeking another man, Ernest Wallace, in connection with the slaying of Hernandez's friend, 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.

The charges that Hernandez orchestrated the execution-style shooting of Lloyd have shocked many in Bristol, where he is remembered as a fun-loving teenager during his days as a standout athlete at Bristol Central High School.

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