To the residents on Fayston Street, Odin Lloyd was their star.
He was the boy who played pickup football in the street with the other kids.
He was a heartbroken teenager after a breakup with his high school girlfriend.
He was a man who sought counsel with his elders and stayed out of trouble.
Since the 27-year-old man was murdered, apparently in North Attleborough, this week, grieving residents and family are filled with disbelief and questions about his death and the connection to New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.
On Fayston Street today where Lloyd’s family lives at a gritty edge of Blue Hill Avenue, grief arrived in twos and threes as mourners stopped by.
The family, who have roots in Antigua, placed four trophies of Lloyd’s on the rail of their front porch.
One of the trophies is of a baseball batter and catcher. The placard attached reads: “Red Sox Rookie Lge. MPCC Gang Peace ’97.”
The others were for track and field and football from John D. O’Bryant School of Math And Science, the Boston high school where Lloyd was a member of the football team.
A black-framed photograph set amid the trophies showed Lloyd in a blue football uniform with what appeared to be the number 82. His head was tilted to the side and he was holding a white helmet.
Lloyd played linebacker for the semi-pro Boston Bandits and participated in scrimmage at a high school field in Boston Saturday night. Lloyd had played for the Bandits since 2007 and was considered a speedy pass rushing specialist, according to his coach.
Today, one of Lloyd’s cousins, who said she is close to Lloyd’s mother, said someone picked up Lloyd from the the family home hours before he was found on Monday in an industrial park in North Attleborough.
Sometime later, Ursula Ward was asked to identify the body of her son.
“This is hurting his mother,” said the cousin Genevor Monell. “That’s her only son. She’s a loving mother. ... Yes, we are in the ‘hood, but she works hard and raised a good man.’’
Monell said Lloyd was born in St. Croix. He had a job and did not have children.
The last person he spoke with was his sister, she said.
Along the street, residents are shaken. Lloyd was one of the good ones whose death has been overshadowed by the link in his murder to a professional athlete, they said.
“Let’s not forget that he is the victim,” said neighbor Paul Sandefur. “When you are dealing with these cases involving big-name people, the victim gets lost. Everybody is talking about the celebrity, but the victim gets lost.”
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