Police looking for tattoo artists in connection with Aaron Hernandez


Investigators are now on the lookout for tattoo artists who may be able to help link Aaron Hernandez to a double murder that took place in Boston on July 12, 2012.

Boston police are looking for the tattoo artist or artists who may have inked the right forearm of Aaron Hernandez around the time he allegedly killed two men at a stoplight in Boston, according to USA Today. Investigators would not say what the tattoos of interest depict, only that they were given to Hernandez between Feb. 2012 and June 2013.

Nor did investigators reveal how the tattoo artist might be able to link Hernandez to the double murder. Police are apparently casting a wide net for their search, with Hernandez known to have traveled to Hermosa Beach, Calif.; Bristol, Conn.; Palm Beach and Miami, Fla.; Boston, and Rhode Island during that time span.

Jake Wark, press secretary for the Suffolk County District Attorney's office in Massachusetts, said police are purposefully being vague about details of the investigation.

"We don't want to influence the statements of anyone who might have this information. So we're not being specific in which tattoo we're looking at. What we hope to learn really we want to get unvarnished, unrehearsed observations from any tattoo artists. It could provide information of an evidenciary value."


Hernandez's tattoos on Nov. 22, 2012. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

Hernandez was indicted last week in the murders of Daniel Abreu, 28, and Safiro Furtado, 29, which took place on July 12, 2012. Police began looking at Hernandez as a suspect in the case after he was arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd during the summer of 2013.

Hernandez was allegedly at the same nightclub as Abreu and Furtado on the night they were murdered. Surveillance tape showed the former New England Patriots tight end leaving the club around 1:30 a.m. District Attorney Daniel L. Conley alleges that Hernandez later pulled his SUV next to the BMW that Abreu and Furtado were sitting in while both vehicles were at a stoplight, then open fired into the car with a .38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver, killing both men and injuring a third.

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