Massachusetts state police have located the gun used in a 2012 double homicide that may be connected to former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez, according to CBS 3 of Springfield, Mass.
Police discovered the gun following a June 21 car crash on Interstate 91 in Springfield, Mass. during an inventory of the wrecked car. The car belonged to Jailene Diaz-Ramoz of Bristol, Conn. A .38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver was in the car's trunk inside a briefcase. Ballistics testing matched the gun with the bullets fired in the death of two men in Boston in 2012.
Hernandez is already facing a charge of murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, and that case led them to the as-yet-unsolved July 2012 double homicide of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
CBS 3 of Springfield reported that the gun belonged to a friend whom Diaz-Ramos called "Chicago." She said "Chicago" is a football player, and that he and his friends wanted to leave the gun with her so that they didn't have to bring it with them. WBZ of Boston has tweeted a photo of Diaz-Ramos' mug shot.
Diaz was arraigned in Springfield district court on charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, and was later released on $1,000 bail.
Hernandez' possible connection to the murders of Abreu and Furtado remains under investigation. On July 16, 2012 Hernandez and his associates were allegedly involved in a fight with Abreu and Furtado at Cure, a Boston nightclub. Soon afterward, the two men were gunned down in their vehicle when an SUV with Rhode Island license plates pulled up alongside them and opened fire. Police believe that an SUV towed from the home of Hernandez's uncle was the one used in the homicides.