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June 21, 2013

Suit: Patriots' Hernandez shot man in face in Fla.

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In another development yesterday, police in Providence, R.I., said Hernandez was taunted in May by a man at a nightclub near the Brown University campus but walked away. The man followed Hernandez for three blocks and a crowd formed, held back by police while Hernandez got into his vehicle and left.

Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, family and police were mum on the nature of Hernandez’s relationship to Lloyd, who played for the Boston Bandits semi-pro team.

Media camped out yesterday at Hernandez’s home, on the Rhode Island state line not far from the Patriots’ stadium in Foxborough. A news helicopter followed along as Hernandez drove in a white SUV from his home to the stadium, then got out and went inside.

Patriots spokesman Stacey James said the team had no comment on why Hernandez was there. He said earlier that the team did not anticipate commenting publicly during the police investigation.

A Massachusetts State Police emergency response team yesterday was searching the brush with metal detectors and poles on a road leading to the entrance to Hernandez’s subdivision.

Hernandez attorney Michael Fee acknowledged media reports about the state police search of Hernandez’s home as part of an investigation but said he and the player wouldn’t have any comment on it.

Lloyd’s mother, Ursula Ward, would not say how Lloyd knew Hernandez and did not say whether police told her how her son died. An uncle said Lloyd had a connection to Hernandez but wouldn’t elaborate.

Bristol District Attorney Samuel Sutter’s office said investigators were asking for the public’s help to find a silver mirror cover believed to have broken off a car between Boston and North Attleborough.

On Wednesday, at least seven state troopers searched both sides of a road just off the street where Hernandez lives. The officers used thin poles to pull back plants and search through undergrowth along the road.

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