The estate of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez settled a wrongful death lawsuit this week, which was brought by the families of two men he was accused of killing in a 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston, according to the Boston Globe.
The lawsuit was dismissed Tuesday after the “action was reported settled,” per the report. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, and “no assets of the estate were used to settle the matters,” Hernandez’s estate’s attorney told the Boston Globe.
Hernandez committed suicide in prison in 2017 shortly after he was acquitted of the double-murder charge, in which he was accused of fatally shooting 29-year-old Daniel de Abreu and 28-year-old Safiro Furtado outside of a Boston nightclub in 2012. He was already serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. He was 27.
“What the family of Safiro Furtado will always remember is that Safiro was taken much too soon,” William Kennedy, the Furtado family attorney, wrote in an email to the Boston Globe. “Safiro had come to this country for the opportunity it presented. He wanted to get an education and make a contribution for himself and his family.
“Safiro will be remembered as a thoughtful generous young man. His family appreciates those that keep Safiro in their thoughts and prayers.”
Hernandez was accused of shooting the two men outside of the club in a “blind rage,” per the report, though his lawyers insisted that his former friend and marijuana supplier, Alexander Bradley, killed the men after a drug deal.
Hernandez was also acquitted of a charge alleging that he shot Bradley months after de Abreu and Furtato’s murder in Florida. Bradley sued Hernandez over the alleged shooting, but settled in 2016.
Hernandez played for the Patriots from 2010-2012, recording nearly 2,000 yards and 18 touchdowns in that time. The team released him in 2013 shortly after his arrest.
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