Nightly News   |  June 29, 2013

‘Good friend, good man’: Funeral held for Odin Lloyd

Odin Lloyd, the semi-pro football player police say was murdered by former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez, was remembered at a Boston church on Saturday. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges. NBC’s Michelle Franzen reports.

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>>> the first degree murder case of aaron hernandez , the former new england patriots football star is in jail, charged with the execution style killing of another football player. two other men have also been charged in the case. michelle franzen with the latest tonight.

>> reporter: a solemn gathering in boston at the funeral of odin lloyd . the semi pro football player who was murdered by new england patriots star aaron hernandez .

>> odin was a good person, a good friend.

>> reporter: hernandez was arrested at his home on wednesday and plead not guilty on first degree murder. lloyd was dating the sister of hernandez ' fiancee. after they got into an argument at a boston nightclub, hernandez and two other men picked up lloyd at his house, drove him to a nearby industrial park where he was shot and killed execution style .

>> we now have in custody the three individuals who were in the silver nissan ultima at the time odin lloyd got into the car, approximately 2:30 on the morning of monday, june 17th .

>> reporter: in florida today , ernest wallace appeared at a bond hearing after turning himself in.

>> mr. wallace, you're charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

>> yep.

>> reporter: the third suspect, carlis ortiz, charged in bristol, connecticut, on friday with carrying an unlanced firearm. and police are also investigating hernandez for possible links to an unsolved double homicide in boston last year. the star tight end signed with the patriots in 2010 for a reported $40 million.

>> a lot of money for a young person , no question about it. but you can give a kid that money, give him the same, give him all that athletic talent, but all of that is not necessarily going to change who that person is.

>> two months ago, hernandez told "extra," that he considers himself a role model.

>> i try to be a role model, and i try to lead those who look up to me in the right direction.

>> reporter: the team is offering fans a free exchange for hernandez ' top selling 81 jersey. michelle franzen , nbc news, new york.