Hernandez, a Bristol native, was taken into custody this morning in Massachusetts.
“It’s devastating for the family. It’s devastating for the community,” said Mayor Art Ward. “It’s a sad state of affairs.”
Ward said his heart goes out to the family of the June 17 homicide victim, a semi-professional football player, and others who suffered a loss in this terrible crime.
Susan Nelson, a Bristol resident, said she couldn’t believe that Hernandez “threw it all away” after making it big in the National Football League.
She said is both sad and disgusted that the former Bristol Central football star made so little of the opportunity he had.
“It’s a black eye for Bristol,” Nelson said.
Ward said he learned of the arrest when Police Chief Thomas Grimaldi phoned him during a chamber of commerce breakfast to tell him the news.
Hernandez was led from his North Attleborough, Mass. home in handcuffs this morning, numerous news agencies are reporting.