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Aaron Hernandez Update: NFL star charged with murder in death of semi-pro football player

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is led away by police June 26, 2013, in North Attleborough, Mass. WBZ-TV

Aaron Hernandez during his arraignment in Attleboro District Court in Attleboro, Mass., Wednesday, June 26, 2013.
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(CBS) NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. - Aaron Hernandez is charged with murder and gun-related crimes in the death of a Boston semi-pro football player found dead in an industrial park a mile away from the NFL star's house.

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The charges were announced at around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, hours after the 23-year-old Hernandez was arrested and released from the New England Patriots.

Hernandez was transported from the North Attleborough Police Station to the Attleboro District Court at around 1:45 p.m. for his arraignment.

Police say Odin Lloyd, 27, of Dorchester, was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound, in a field on June 17.

Hernandez had been the focus of the homicide investigation for more than a week.

The victim's family has told CBS Boston that Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée. Lloyd's family was reportedly present for Hernandez's arraignment.

The former tight-end had signed a five-year, $40 million extension last year with the Patriots. Of that $40 million, $16 million was guaranteed, CBS Boston reports.

According to the NFL Network, the Patriots may still have to pay Hernandez $2.46 million over the next two years.

The network released a statement on Twitter at 11:30 a.m. saying, "The involvement of an NFL player in a case of this nature is deeply troubling. The Patriots have released Aaron Hernandez, who will have his day in court. At the same time we should not forget the young man who was the victim in this case and take this opportunity to extend our deepest sympathy to Odin Lloyd's family and friends."

Shortly after the arrest, Hernandez's number 81 jerseys were reportedly pulled from the shelves of the Patriots Pro Shop at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. His name was also removed from the roster on the team's website.

There have been no other arrests at this point in the investigation.

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