Lost in the haze of the shocking revelations of Aaron Hernandez, the superstar football player who allegedly committed ruthless, unconscionable execution-style murder of his so-called friend — and quite possibly two more, at least — is the family of the murdered victim of Odin Lloyd.
The 27-year-old Connecticut semi-pro football player’s sister finally speaks out the day before his funeral services about her brother — who was slaughtered just minutes after he secretly texted her the night before because he knew that his life was in immediate peril. Moments later he Lloyd was dead.
In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Lloyd’s surviving sister, Olivia Thibou, broke her silence to remember the brother she knew.
According to ABC News:
“I’m still trying to process what’s going on,” Olivia Thibou said. “I feel like I relive every day in my dreams. I go to sleep and I relive everything that’s broadcast on TV. I relive the night that we found out. I relive just everything. Even when I’m sleeping at night, I feel like it’s just a bad dream I’m not waking up from.”
Thibou teared up recalling the words uttered by prosecutors. But she acknowledged that Lloyd and Hernandez were friends.
“I do know that they were friends,” she said, though she didn’t want to say more.
Because of that friendship, Thibou said she’s having a hard time understanding how her brother could have met the end he did.
“It’s confusing,” she said. “I don’t think there’s anything that any man can do to have their life taken away. So I can’t even begin to process everything. It still feels like yesterday, that we just found out.”
Lloyd’s sister said the football was her brother’s life even though he wasn’t fortunate enough to make a living at it the way Hernandez did (the Patriots released Hernandez right after he was arrested Wednesday).
“He wanted to go to college and play football but, unfortunately, because of financial aid issues, he never ended up starting it,” she said, “and he ended up just joining the work force to raise money and see if he could go back to school.”
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