Conn. hometown of Hernandez shocked at star’s fall

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Conn. hometown of Hernandez shocked at star's fallInterested bystanders and media members crowd around the entrance to the Fall River Justice Center after a bail hearing was held for former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez in Fall River Superior Court Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez, charged with murdering Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player, was denied bail. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)(Credit: AP)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The investigation of the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has led authorities to his hometown of Bristol, Conn., the working-class Hartford suburb where he began a meteoric rise that would carry him to the upper echelons of the NFL.

Bristol police say they are assisting the investigation and a local man, 27-year-old Carlos Ortiz, has been charged as a fugitive from justice.

Massachusetts state police said Thursday night they are seeking another man, Ernest Wallace, in connection with the slaying of Hernandez’s friend, 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.

The charges that Hernandez orchestrated the execution-style shooting of Lloyd have shocked many in Bristol, where he is remembered as a fun-loving teenager during his days as a standout athlete at Bristol Central High School.

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