New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been questioned by Massachusetts State Police as part of a homicide investigation.
Though Hernandez is “not believed to be a murder suspect,” according to Sports Illustrated‘s sources, ABC News reports that “investigators are seeking a warrant to search Hernandez’s home in connection with the death.”
Hernandez resides in North Attleboro, MA. The body of a 27-year-old male, described by ABC News as an “associate” of Hernandez, was found less than a mile from his home on Monday at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Additionally, a 2013 Chevrolet Suburban rented in Hernandez’s name “has emerged as a key piece of evidence in the investigation,” according to SI.
ABC News, citing two sources, reports that Hernandez has not been cooperating with police; however, SI, citing “a source close to Hernandez,” notes that he has at least spoken with authorities seeking information about the murder.
Hernandez has been a limited participant in Patriots offseason activities as he is recovering from shoulder surgery. New England’s fourth-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, he missed six regular-season games in 2012 and finished the year with 51 receptions for 483 yards and five touchdowns.
Neither Hernandez, his lawyers nor the Patriots have released a statement.
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