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Aaron Hernandez sued by families of 2 slain Boston men

Aaron Hernandez smiles from the sidelines during a game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on December 10, 2012 in Foxboro, Mass. Jim Rogash/Getty Images

BOSTON - The families of two men fatally shot in a 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston have filed wrongful death lawsuits against former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who has been implicated by police in the case.

CBS Boston reports that the lawsuits were filed Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court on behalf of the families of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Each seeks $6 million.

The men were sitting in an SUV in the city's South End in July 2012 when another SUV pulled up and someone inside opened fire.

Nobody has been criminally charged with their deaths, but Hernandez has been identified by authorities as a suspect and police seized a vehicle from Hernandez's uncle's home in Bristol which they say is the vehicle that the shots are believed to have been fired from.

The 24-year-old Hernandez is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to murder in the June 2013 death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd in North Attleborough. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée. Authorities only began tying the ex-NFL star to the double homicide investigation after he was charged in Lloyd's murder.

The wrongful death lawsuits filed Wednesday accuse Hernandez of pulling the trigger in the 2012 double-homicide, reports CBS Boston.

In a statement issued through their attorney William Kennedy, the fathers of Abreu and Furtado said there is "an abundance of evidence" implicating Hernandez in the crime, including witnesses who identify Hernandez as the trigger man, according to the station.

"For whatever reason, Aaron Hernandez took it upon himself to gun them down," Kennedy said Thursday during a news conference at his Quincy, Mass. office.

Hernandez is now facing four lawsuits, including one by Lloyd's family and another by a former friend who alleges Hernandez shot him in the face.

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