Prosecutors want to know who tattooed the right forearm of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who is due to be arraigned next week in the murder of two Boston men.
Hernandez, 24, has been charged in the drive-by shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston's south end in July 2012. The charges come nearly a year after Hernandez allegedly shot and killed Dorchester's Odin Lloyd in North Attleborough.
In a statement released Wednesday, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said investigators wanted to speak with the ink artist or artists “who provided Hernandez with specific tattoos on his right forearm between February 2012 and June 2013.”
Hernandez is known to have traveled to Hermosa Beach, Calif.; Palm Beach and Miami Beach, Fla.; Rhode Island; Boston; and his hometown of Bristol, Conn. in that time period, investigators said.
Conley's office said it would not describe the tattoos in question, and stressed that the tattoo artists are being sought as witnesses, not as suspects in any crime.
Hernandez's arms and hands are almost completely covered in ink. The world "blood" is seen on Hernandez's right hand. Star tattoos and a roaring lion are among the tattoos on his right arm, and a dollar sign graces his left wrist.
A statement released on Wednesday said: “In order not to taint any potential statements, authorities are not publicly describing the specific tattoos or the nature of the inquiry — only that the artists may have made observations of evidentiary value in the pending Suffolk County murder prosecutions."
Anyone with this information may contact Boston Police Sgt. Det. Marc Sullivan at 617-343-5839.
Hernandez will be arraigned in Boston onMay 28on two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of armed assault with intent to murder, and single counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection to the 2012 killings.
Hernandez’ cousin, Tanya Singleton, is expected to be arraigned on an additional indictment for criminal contempt of court on June 2.