After the 10-week murder trial ended and former NFL player Aaron Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison, his mother shared an intimate moment with the mother of the man he killed.
According to the Boston Herald, Aaron Hernandez’s mother revealed yesterday that she spoke with Ursula Ward, the mother of Odin L. Lloyd, and cried together with her. The moment happened shortly after the verdict was read to Aaron Hernandez, announcing that he would spend the rest of his life behind bars for shooting and killing Lloyd in cold blood.
“I smiled at her after the verdict and just nodded my head,” said Terri Hernandez.
Despite the fact that Aaron Hernandez is her own son, Terri Hernandez seems vindicated by the jury’s verdict. She made a point to express a sincere apology to the victim’s mother before the trial was over.
“We’ve talked during the process of this,” said the mother of Aaron Hernandez. “As mother to mother, I’m very sorry. I don’t know what happened but I’m very sorry for all this.”
Terri Hernandez went on to say that Ward is a wonderful person.
“She’s a great woman, nice and caring. I’m just sad for everybody involved.”
Aaron Hernandez’s mother did admit that the verdict came as a kind of relief to her. She wasn’t necessarily hoping for a guilty verdict, but she was happy to have the trial finally come to an end.
“I’m doing fine,” she said. “This has been going on for two years now — and the wait was the worst.”
Neither Terri nor Aaron Hernandez had an easy life, even prior to the murder of Odin Lloyd. The Daily Beast reported on some of the horrors Aaron Hernandez had to deal with earlier in his life, including the loss of his father at age 16. The man his mother married shortly after, Jeffrey Cummings, served a two-year sentence for stabbing her in the face.
Terri Hernandez revealed to USA Today that Aaron Hernandez held a lot of anger inside him before the murder.
“It was very, very hard, and he was very, very angry. He wasn’t the same kid, the way he spoke to me. The shock of losing his dad, there was so much anger.”
When the mother was asked how Aaron Hernandez was holding up after the sentencing, she responded honestly.
“I don’t know right now,” she said.
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