If you’re like me, then you’re probably somewhat curious who exactly Odin Lloyd was. My initial thought when researching anything is to go to Wikipedia, but in this situation, the Wikipedia article on Odin Lloyd simply isn’t much help. It states that Lloyd was “a semi-pro football player who was allegedly murdered by former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. He was a linebacker for the Boston Bandits” and that’s really about it, so I decided to take a minute to actually explore who Odin Lloyd was and how he was connected to Aaron Hernandez.
According to comments from Lloyd’s mother, Ursula Ward, published in a Huffington Post article, Odin Lloyd was her first born child as well as Ursula’s only son and “family members said Friday that Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend and the two men were friends who were together at some point the night that Lloyd died.” HollywoodLife is reporting that Lloyd’s girlfriend was Shanea Jenkins, the sister of Shayanna Jenkins, Hernandez’s girlfriend.
Lloyd did have at least one sister, Olivia Thibou, who Boston.com reported was seen weeping “Wednesday evening for her brother, saying, ‘He’s always had my back through everything. . . . And I hope that they find out who did it.’” In the same article, Ursula Ward declined to comment on Lloyd’s relationship with Hernandez.
In the Boston.com article, one neighbor, Kevin Mallory, who described himself as “a regular at a nearby park where Lloyd would go to work out — not hang out” described Lloyd as usually keeping to himself. Citing Lloyd’s physical shape, Mallory said, “Of everybody on this street, he was the one who could take care of himself…So there had to be some shaky stuff if he was the guy killed.’’
The Daily Mail Online reports that “Odin Lloyd’s uncle said he had last seen his nephew on Sunday and described as a ‘good guy’ who lived in Dorchester and loved football.” According to the same article, Lloyd was “a speedy pass rushing specialist listed at 5-foot-11 and 215 pounds” and “learned to play football at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, in Roxbury.”
Lloyd supposedly was a linebacker for the Boston Bandits, who describe themselves as “the oldest semi-pro football team in Boston and in the New England football League” on their website. According to the Boston.com article, Lloyd had been a member of the team since 2007. Since his death, the team has stated that “the Bandits would like to extend our deepest condolences to Odin’s family and his loved ones. He will be deeply missed by his football family but we promise to persevere and play the game that Odin loved in his honor” and that “The Boston Bandits are cooperating with local and state police in their efforts to identify the person responsible for Odin Lloyd’s death.”
The only other mention of Lloyd on the site that I could find was in a press release announcing that the Bandits have moved on to the finals, with a brief mention of Lloyd saying that “the Bandit defense harrassed the Nor’easter quarterback all night with a handful of sack [sic] between Jason Milton, Oden Lloyd and their blue & yellow teammates.” I called the team for a comment, but the phone went unanswered.
We know very little about the night Lloyd was killed. HollywoodLife is reporting that “Prosecutors reportedly said that Odin and Aaron were in contact just 10 hours before his death. Furthermore, keys were allegedly found in Odin’s pocket to a car that had been rented by Aaron. Prosecutors believe Odin recently said something to Aaron that destroyed his trust, giving Aaron a motive to kill.”
However, according to the New York Post, we do know something about the text messages he sent that evening. Marica Harrison and Dan Macleod write that “on June 16, Hernandez texted two out-of-state pals and asked them to come to Massachusetts — telling them, ‘You can’t trust anyone anymore’” and that “Lloyd got nervous and texted his sister, ‘Did you see who I am with?’ When asked who, he wrote ‘NFL.’…His last text read: ‘Just so you know.’”
According to several articles mentioned above, Lloyd’s body was apparently found the next day. He was 27-years-old. Not much else is known about Lloyd, but I will continue to update this story as I find out more.
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