Hernandez, who is currently in jail awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, was also the focus of a grand jury probe into the same 2012 double-slaying in Boston described by the eyewitness above.
According to relatives of the two men killed in the shooting, Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, neither knew Hernandez. Both worked for a cleaning company and didn't have criminal records. The shooting took place at a red light, shortly after the men had left the Cure Lounge in Boston's Theater District.
"They just came up and started firing for no reason at all," said the alleged eyewitness, who asked not to be identified because he feared for his safety. "We never had any trouble. We were not those kind of people. We were just having fun. …
"Things happened so fast. I was trying to defend myself," the witness continued. "They were shooting everywhere inside the car, front to back. They just came to kill. That's it."
The witness says he is not a football fan but recognized Hernandez's face after he was arrested this summer in connection with Lloyd's death.
"I just want to know, what's the reason? What's the point? Why us?" the witness said, echoing the sentiments of Furtado's mother.
“I just want to know for certain, that the person who did this has been caught," she told the Boston Globe in July. "Until then, what is there for me to say? I just want justice for him. If the police are close to finding out who killed him … well, I just want them to tell me when they actually catch the person. That's what my family waits for.”
In August, there was a report that authorities found the gun used in the double-slayings, and outgoing Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis told FoxMyBoston.com that his department is making progress.
"We've got the best homicide team in the city working on that," he said. "They are putting pieces of information together and presenting it to the grand jury, working very closely with the District Attorney's Office on that case. I'm satisfied with the direction it's going in, and I think that we'll come to the right conclusions on that."
FoxMyBoston.com reports that investigators believe Hernandez was at the Cure Lounge the night Abreu and Furtado were shot, and surveillance cameras in the area captured footage of Hernandez. The witness has also told his story to authorities looking into the 2012 double-killings.