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Lawyer for Aaron Hernandez victim challenges Patriots to pay family

The Boston Globe logo The Boston Globe 4/21/2017 By Evan Allen and John R. Ellement

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A lawyer for the family of a man who was murdered by former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez challenged the New England Patriots to pay damages to the family.

Attorney Douglas Sheff, who represents the family of Odin Lloyd, said the payments would make the team not just champions in football but “champions of justice.”

Sheff said the family has already won a civil wrongful death lawsuit against Hernandez, who committed suicide this week in prison.

“All that remains in our case is a determination of damages, of how much,” he said.

“I can’t speak to what the Patriots will do,” he said. “We issued them a friendly challenge. It sure would be nice if they took us up on our invitation.”

Hernandez was serving a life without parole sentence after being convicted of the 2013 murder of Lloyd of Boston, who was shot to death at an industrial park near Hernandez’s spacious North Attleborough home.

Hernandez was also acquitted last week of the murders of two men in Boston’s South End in 2012.

Lloyd’s mother, Ursula Ward, who also spoke at the news conference, said, “We are one family right now.”

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