Odin Lloyd's family honored by Boston Bandits
ROXBURY, Mass. (WHDH) -- Hours after Aaron Hernandez arraigned in superior court the semi-pro football team Odin Lloyd played for had a tribute for their former teammate.
Lloyd’s mother and sister cheered on the team from the stands and before the kickoff there was a special dedication for the family.
The family members accepted jerseys made in Lloyd’s honor with his number, 53, on the back.
“You can tell he was a great guy because they don't just do things like that for anybody,” Olivia Thibdou, Lloyd’s sister said.
The football team said this season is for Lloyd and his family.
“We made a pact and oath that we are going to win a championship and try to bring a ring home to his mother,” Boston Bandits coach Michael Branch said.
The 27-year-old was found shot and killed back in June in a North Attleboro industrial park less than a mile from Aaron Hernandez’s home.
Earlier Friday, the former New England Patriot was arraigned in Fall River superior court.
He was indicted on first degree murder and firearms charges last month.
Hernandez has proclaimed his innocence from the start but said it for the first time out loud in court.
Hernandez's mother and fiance sat together in the courtroom just feet away Odin Lloyd's mother and girlfriend.
After the arraignment Hernandez returned to the Bristol County house of correction in Dartmouth.
Back in Boston, the Bandits took to the Roxbury field Lloyd played on in high school.
His name is still on the Boston Bandit roster, one way those he left behind remember.
“A lot of guys that hung out with him that were like my brothers are playing too,” Thibdou said.