Aaron Hernandez was living in fear in the months leading up to Wednesday’s murder charge, according to TMZ.
Hernandez was arraigned in Attleboro District Court on Wednesday, charged with first-degree murder and five gun-related counts in connection to the death of Odin Lloyd. The murder charge overshadows Hernandez’s apparent affinity for guns, but it seems he was stocking up on firearms because he was afraid people were out to kill him.
Hernandez grew up in Bristol, Conn., and had joined a local gang when he was a teenager, TMZ writes. Sources tell the gossip blog that Hernandez believed that people in the “gangster world” felt he owed them something.
The report also says that Hernandez became “paranoid” in recent months that people from his “old lifestyle” were trying to kill him.
Hernandez, who was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft, signed a five-year, $40 million extension with the New England Patriots in 2012. The new money could have prompted some paranoia from Hernandez about his past or caused old acquaintances to resurface in his life.
Hernandez is being held without bail in Bristol County House of Correction.