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Aaron Hernandez Update: NFL star also under investigation in connection with 2012 double-murder, reports say

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, left, stands with his attorney, Michael Fee, right, in Attleboro District Court June 26, 2013, in Attleboro, Mass. AP Photo/The Sun Chronicle - Mike George

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, left, stands with his attorney, Michael Fee, right, in Attleboro District Court June 26, 2013, in Attleboro, Mass.
New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, left, stands with his attorney, Michael Fee, right, in Attleboro District Court June 26, 2013, in Attleboro, Mass.
AP Photo/The Sun Chronicle - Mike George

(CBS) BOSTON - NFL star Aaron Hernandez is being investigated in connection with a July 2012 double-murder in Boston, a law enforcement source close to the investigation reportedly told CNN.

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The source reportedly says the Boston Police Department has located and impounded a sliver SUV with Rhode Island plates that was placed at the scene of the murders. According to CNN, investigators now believe that Hernandez was renting the SUV at the time of the murders.

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Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreau, 29, and Safiro Teixeira Furtado, 28, both of Dorchester, were killed when someone fired at the BMW they were in during the early morning hours of July 16, 2012 in Boston's South End. A third person was wounded.

The gunman reportedly fired the shots from a silver SUV with Rhode Island plates before fleeing the scene.

No arrests have been made in those murders.

The Boston Globe reports investigators believe the 2012 murders were a result of a fight that broke out at Cure, a nightclub in the South End, between the two men who were killed and a group that included Hernandez.

Suffolk County District Attorney spokesman Jake Wark told CBS Boston the case is "the subject of an open and active investigation," but offered no further comment.

Hernandez, 23, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in last week's shooting death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. Hernandez, who was released from the New England Patriots following his arrest, appeared in court this afternoon to appeal the judge's decision to hold him without bail. His request was denied.

According to the Globe, investigators now believe that Lloyd may have had information about Hernandez's alleged role in the double-murder.

On Thursday, prosecutors said the only information they are prepared to release at this time in regards to a motive is that they believe Hernandez was upset with Lloyd over speaking to certain individuals at a nightclub in Boston.

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