Third Aaron Hernandez associate dies while ex-Pats star awaits murder trial

Aaron Hernandez, former player for the NFL's New England Patriots football team, stands during his arraignment in the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts September 6, 2013, on murder and weapons charges in connection with the killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in June. REUTERS/Jonathan Wiggs/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT FOOTBALL)

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Friends of Aaron Hernandez have been dropping like flies since the ex-Patriots tight end was charged with murder.

Police in Southington, Conn. continue to investigate the untimely death of Tabitha Perry, a 27-year-old woman from nearby Bristol with ties to former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and associates from his hometown.

“We are still waiting on toxicology and medical examiner reports,” a police spokesman said Thursday morning.

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Aaron Hernandez is charged with the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.

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Aaron Hernandez is charged with the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.

The police department received a 911 call at 2:56 a.m. on Monday and responded to 25 Darling Street in Southington. Perry was found unconscious and not breathing. Investigators believe that Perry was visiting a friend when she was found. Perry was transported to the Hospital of Central Connecticut by ambulance and pronounced dead.

There were no suspicious circumstances found at the time of the immediate investigation, but it was the second time Perry was at the scene of a death in the last six months. On June 30, Perry was injured in the single-car crash that killed driver Thaddeus Singleton. Singleton was at the wheel, and lost control of the car, according to police. The car flew 100 feet in the air before crashing into the Farmington Country Club.

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Prosecutors accuse Aaron Hernandez's fiance Shayanna Jenkins of lying 29 times to a grand jury.

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Prosecutors accuse Aaron Hernandez’s fiance Shayanna Jenkins of lying 29 times to a grand jury.

Thaddeus Singleton had a child with Perry, but was married to Tanya Singleton, a cousin of Hernandez who faces an accessory charge in Lloyd’s death. Singleton has been described as the man who connected Hernandez with his accomplices, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, for the murder of Odin Lloyd, a Hernandez acquaintance. Hernandez has been held in jail since June 26 when he was arrested and arraigned on first-degree murder and weapons charges related to the homicide. Hernandez and his accomplices have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Several friends and family members of Hernandez have died since he was put in jail. Robert Valentine, his mother’s brother, died in Bristol at 1:03 a.m. on Aug. 3. Emergency personnel responded to the intersection of Central St. by Church Ave. for a crash involving a moped driven Robert Valentine. He was treated for a head injury, but was determined dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.

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Odin Lloyd rests at Oak Lawn Cemetery in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston.

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Odin Lloyd rests at Oak Lawn Cemetery in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston.

“My brother’s dead and my son’s in jail,” Hernandez’s mother, Terri, told the News in August. “No comment.”

On Monday, Lloyd’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez is next scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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Hernandez’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, has also been charged with perjury in the case.


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