When Boston police officers responded on July 15, 2012 to a report of a shooting, the discovered three individuals suffering from gunshot wounds. Two of the victims, Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Teixeira Furtado, both immigrants from Cape Verdean, were pronounced dead at the scene. A third victim in the car that was shot at was injured but has never been identified. Police speculated that the car had been ambushed, with the perpetrators firing a barrage of bullets at the occupants at the corner of Shawmut Avenue and Herald Street in Boston’s South End. Witnesses to the shooting saw a grey SUV with Rhode Island license plates fleeing the scene.
For nearly a year, the Boston police had no leads.
But, when Aaron Hernandez was charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, Boston police detectives began investigating a connection between Hernandez and the July 15, 2012 shooting. Boston police now suspect that a SUV located at Hernandez’s uncle’s home in Connecticut was involved in the shooting.
Seeking a motive for the murder of Lloyd, detectives theorize that Hernandez executed him because he had disclosed his involvement in the 2012 murders.
A club in Boston released surveillance footage to authorities, which allegedly shows Hernandez with the 2012 murder victims. It is unclear to what level of interaction is shown between Heranandez and the two other men, if any. The footage may only show the three men attended the same nightclub. According to victims’ families, neither Correia de Abreu nor Furtado knew Hernandez. There is some speculation by the media that Hernandez got into a fight at the club, which lead to the murder of both men.
While the media continue to sensationalize the allegations against Hernandez, and the District Attorney’s Office has claimed to possess overwhelming evidence of Hernandez’s guilt in the shooting death of Lloyd, criminal defense lawyers continue to remind the public that the prosecution has only circumstantial evidence of guilt.
Kevin J. Mahoney is a Boston criminal defense attorney. If you have been accused of a crime, call the Mahoney Criminal Defense Group at 617-492-0055.
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