Lloyd’s mom pushes forward with wrongful death lawsuit

 By: Melissa Randall
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Justice continues for the family of Odin Lloyd as they move forward with a wrongful death lawsuit against Aaron Hernandez. The disgraced football star will be called to the stand. The announcement comes on the one–week anniversary of Hernandez’s murder conviction.

“I thought my life ended with his. I always wish I was there to take those bullets for Odin,” said Ursula Ward, Lloyd’s mother, at a press conference in Boston Wednesday afternoon.

Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was found guilty in the 2013 fatal shooting of Odin Lloyd. During the criminal trial he was never called to the stand, but he will be called to testify in the civil trial, according to an attorney for Ward.

“He will no longer be able to hide behind any sort of 5th amendment rights against self incrimination because he is already convicted of the crime. And when we do call him Ursula Ward will be by our side to look him in the eye,” said Douglas Sheff, an attorney out of Boston.

Sheff says Ward has questions she needs answered by Hernandez.

“Very simple. What happened? And then the next question ought to be why?” he explained.

The 2013 suit seeks unspecified damages. The family could go after Hernandez’s North Attleboro home as well as $3.2 million allegedly owed to the ex–football player from the Pats.

Attorney Douglas Sheff says the family is not in it for the money and that no amount can compensate for their loss.

“In the end, in the civil case, when we are done, we hope and fully expect everyone to remember the name Odin Lloyd long after they forget the name Aaron Hernandez,” said Sheff.

“Odin is a hero in my book,” said Ward.

Hernandez is serving life behind bars. His defense team plans to file an appeal to last week’s conviction. Hernandez has also pleaded not guilty in a 2012 double murder in Boston for which he is awaiting trial.

The legal team for Lloyd’s family says other people involved may also be called to the stand. No trial date has been set.

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