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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been indicted by a grand jury over the murder of two men killed in a drive-by shooting in Boston in 2012, according to reports.

The 24-year-old is currently awaiting trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd, a former professional footballer who was shot to death last year.

Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado were killed in a drive-by shooting while stopped at a red light after they had left the Cure Lounge in Boston's South End on July 16, 2012.

Hernandez was identified as the man who pulled the trigger by a victim who survived the shooting last year. Relatives of the pair insist that neither had any connection with Hernandez, while both had clean criminal records.

"They just came up and started firing for no reason at all," the alleged eyewitness told Fox 25 of the incident. "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. They were shooting everywhere inside the car, front to back. They just came to kill. That's it."

The tight-end is currently awaiting trial having been charged with first degree murder over the death of his former friend Odin Lloyd, whose body was found riddled with gunshot wounds in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez's home. He was subsequently arrested live on television.

Hernandez signed a contract worth $40 million with the Patriots in 2012, but was cut almost immediately from the team following his arrest in June last year. He played the entire 2012-13 season with New England, after the deaths of Mr. Abreu and Mr. Furtado.

A press conference has been called by Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans for 11.30 EST (4.30 GMT) in which the charges are expected to be confirmed.

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