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Aaron Hernandez

ARRESTED

in Murder Investigation

6/26/2013 8:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been ARRESTED in connection with the murder of a man whose body was discovered close to the NFL star's home.

Hernandez was taken into custody at his home in Massachusetts. He was handcuffed and led into a waiting police cruiser, which left the scene moments later ... presumably headed for a local police station.

The 23-year-old NFL star is reportedly set to be arraigned later today.

There are reports based on law enforcement sources that Hernandez destroyed evidence and could be charged with obstruction of justice. So far, no formal charges have been announced.

The move comes days after cops searched Hernandez's Massachusetts home ... looking for evidence connected to the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, an ex semi-pro football player.

Lloyd's body was discovered in a park in North Attleborough, Mass last Monday. It appears he was shot through the back of the head.

Lloyd's family says the NFL star does have a connection to Lloyd -- but they wouldn't elaborate.  According to reports, Lloyd had been dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée. 

TMZ broke the story ... Hernandez is also facing a lawsuit stemming from a separate incident, in which he allegedly shot a man in the face following a dispute at a Miami strip club back in February.

Hernandez is a rising star with the Patriots and signed a 5-year contract worth $40 MILLION just last summer.

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IN MY OPINION    

People get arrested all the time will he stay in jail and serve time?
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HOW LONG IS IT GOING TO TAKE FOR THE PATRIOTS TO DROP HIM?

483 days ago
2.

LDB    

he did it

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Jessica     

Oh SNAP

483 days ago
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ANNIE24    

Not a surprising event but I'm curious to see what the actual charge(s) is.

483 days ago
5.

Azi    

Now he'll have to trade in his orange shorts for an orange jumpsuit.

483 days ago
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IN MY OPINION    

This happens when kids are given too much $$$. They think it gives them power to do what they want because they'll get away with it.
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He shot a man in Florida and got away with it for so long that he thought he could do the same in Massachusetts.
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YOU ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW AARON! You should have taken notes from OJ.
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As someone said, they like tight ends in prison.

483 days ago
7.

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

NFL = National Felons´ League

483 days ago
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Big Werd    

When keeping it real goes wrong

483 days ago
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IN MY OPINION    

What are the sisters saying to each other?

483 days ago
10.

What!     

Now no one can blame my beautiful Tebow for any media circus, biatches!

483 days ago
11.

jscrilla    

im certain they are gonna try to find some loop hole or a friend of his will come out and say he was the one that fired the gun

483 days ago
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jscrilla    

so i guess this idiot didnt see what happened to jayson williams when he shot and killed someone at his house

483 days ago
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Gabstersmom    

He won't get much playing time behind bars

483 days ago
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IN MY OPINION    

Young bucks trying out for the NFL and/or NBA...this is a lesson for you. Learn it so it doesn't happen to you.
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Lose your gangs and loser friends that will keep you down AND BUILD A NEW LIFE.

483 days ago
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shakedoggy    

the food network will hire him if he cries his guts out for matt lauer. there are evil people out there who want to take away everything he's earned. when dick cheney shot his buddy in the face they made him 2nd in command of a superpower. double standard. blaks have no rites in amerika!

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