NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (TheBlaze/AP) -- New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been taken from his home in handcuffs after a Boston semi-pro football player was found dead in an industrial park a mile from his house.
Family members say the dead man, 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, was dating a woman whose sister is Hernandez's fiancee. Officials ruled the death a homicide but did not say how Lloyd died.
It's unclear why Hernandez was being taken into custody Wednesday morning and put into the back of a marked police car.
State police have searched in and around Hernandez's home in North Attleborough several times. At least three search warrants have been issued in connection with the investigation.
All documents related to the case have been impounded by the Attleborough District Court, but unnamed sources familiar with the case have given more details to a local news station.
This Dec. 25, 2012 photo taken by a sister and provided by the Boston Bandits football team shows Odin Lloyd, 27, whose body was found Monday, June 17, 2013 in an industrial park in North Attleborough, Mass., about a mile from the house of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. (Photo: AP/Lloyd family via the Boston Bandits )
According to WAGA-TV, a law enforcement source said Lloyd was shot multiple times. The source also noted surveillance video showing Hernandez leaving his home at 3:30 a.m. June 17 with two other individuals.
Another source told WAGA that Hernandez was with Lloyd sometime in the 24 hours before he was found dead.
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Hernandez attorney Michael Fee hasn't discussed the investigation.
Massachusetts State Police dig for evidence Thursday, June 20, 2013, at the sight in an industrial park in North Attleborough, Mass., where the body of Odin Lloyd, of Boston, was found earlier this week. New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez had a connection Lloyd, but family and officials were mum on the nature of their relationship Thursday, two days after police visited Hernandez' home. (Photo: AP/The Sun Chronicle, Mark Stockwell)
Hernandez was drafted by the Patriots out of the University of Florida in 2010 and received a five-year, $40 million contract last year.