To the Editor:
Now, the final chapter of Aaron Hernandez’s life is closed. The man who had everything and threw it all away, is gone. That is little solace though for the family and friends of Odin Lloyd. This city can finally distance itself from being mentioned every time there was a hearing or a news blip about the former NFL tight end. The family can finally come to terms with the fact that the once proud ‘golden boy,’ who so disappointed us, his family, especially his father’s memory, with a despicable act, has gone to answer to his father, face to face.
Let us not forget the family of Odin Lloyd who cannot hear him laugh or enjoy good times with him any longer. They will always grieve for a man who did not deserve such a fate. Let us not forget the people who empowered a killer to believe what shouldn’t have been, that he was untouchable, or so he thought. Let us not forget those who covered for him, such as his own wife, whose sister dated Mr. Lloyd, and yet felt compelled to hid evidence because her husband was in trouble. We cannot forget, as this is now part of history, as shameful as it is.
I saw the pictures of Aaron crying after a not guilty verdict and him looking at his wife and the child with whom he would never play in the yard of his sprawling home. I hope he came to terms with the fact that he needlessly took a life, and for what? Because he felt ‘dissed’? I ask myself who, if there was anyone in his family or in his circle of so-called friends, fed his monster ego to a point where he was compelled to do something his father would have been aghast at.
I remember Dennis, his father, from high school, as after I ran a cross country meet and I was waiting for the bus to return us to Eastern, he and I spoke of the stars and astronomy. Yes, Dennis was a star at Central in football, but he and I were just talking, and it was quite nice. He had an ego too as he was a really good player, but he knew what was real. I will always remember our conversation. Dennis even commented about my artwork at Muzzy, about the football program I drew for the game just played, returning to a conversation we had weeks early. That’s what I remember. Nice guy that Dennis.
But what will Aaron’s family remember? There must be good times before all this insanity. The sad thing is they will have to come to terms with the life of a man whose decisions affected many people, unfortunately, in a negative way. Just ask Odin Lloyd, who no longer can answer. Let us not forget the man who died at the hand of another. For Aaron though, time to hear a verdict from an even higher power. May God have mercy on him in some way, and may his immediate family, aunts, uncles, cousins and the rest, finally find peace.