NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) – The mother of the man ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez murdered said Friday that his suicide has reopened painful wounds. Hernandez’s family, meanwhile, was asking a judge to order prison officials to preserve evidence so they can investigate the circumstances of his death.
Ursula Ward, whose son, Odin Lloyd, was slain in 2013, told reporters she still forgives Hernandez and that she prays he found peace after hanging himself in prison.
But, she added, that she still feels a “tremendous loss.”
“I lost my son, the love of my life,” Ward said. “I’ll never ever see him again.”
Ward’s lawyer, Doug Sheff, said he has issued “a friendly challenge” to the New England Patriots and the NFL Players Association to voluntarily give Ward whatever money Hernandez might still be owed. She is suing Hernandez’s estate for unspecified damages in a wrongful-death case.
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