Bristol shocked by Aaron Hernandez allegations

By: Stephanie Simoni (AP Photo)

A busy week for Bristol native and Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez who was questioned by police in connection with a homicide in Massachusetts. He’s not considered a suspect.

There is shock in Hernandez’s hometown of Bristol. A lot of them say they just can’t believe the allegations against the football star.

“He was definitely a great player when he was there at Central, the best,” said Rob Rodriguez, Bristol.

“He’s like the hero of our school,” said Derek Cote, Bristol.

A graduate of Bristol Central High School, Hernandez is a star player as a Tight End for the New England Patriots and now he’s making headlines neighbors are not used to seeing.

First, police searched his North Attleboro home in connection to a killing of a man. Then a lawsuit was filed alleging in February he shot his friend in the face in Miami, police do not have a record of this incident.

“I was surprised that his name was connected to crimes like this,” said Cote.

“As far as I know everybody is innocent until proven guilty,” said Rodriguez.

“I don’t believe that either, no not him,” said Sara Vanslyke, Bristol.

Sara Vanslyke used to work out with him at a Bristol gym.

“He’s always talking to everybody, smile on his face, yeah, very friendly guy,” said Vanslyke.

A friendly guy kids continue to look up to.

“Never in a million years would I think of like that happening to him,” said Vanslyke.

A New England Patriots representative said on behalf of the team they are aware of the reports, but will not comment publicly as it’s an ongoing investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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