BOSTON (CBS) – Around seven Wednesday night, Odin Lloyd’s family returned to their Dorchester home. His mother and stepfather did not want to stop and talk. Another family member told reporters, “some other time.” The family is obviously distraught and so is their neighborhood.
“We just want them to know that the community is behind them,” Kevin Thomas said. Thomas and others with Dorchester’s Project R.I.G.H.T took their weekly anti-violence march down Fayston Street in front of Lloyd’s home. He knew Lloyd, played football and basketball with him. “How? How is it Odin Lloyd? Every time I think of it I think about him standing on the steps and smiling at us.
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Thomas had been following the investigation and wasn’t surprised by Hernandez’s arrest. “No, no,” he said.
“What do you do? You get up in the morning and you decide to kill someone,” Claudia Owumi said. Owumi is a neighborhood activist and had Odin Lloyd in after-school programs as a child. She is also a friend of his mother. She couldn’t believe what she heard from court, especially details of the multiple gunshots that took Lloyd’s life. “For him to be gone and taken away from us in this community it is like, it’s a nightmare,” she said.
She’s hoping for justice, and so is Kirsy Victorino, who’s lived next door to Lloyd since he was a teen. “I really feel sad because he was a great guy,” she said. She was relieved to hear Hernandez is behind bars. “I was glad. I said I pray to God every night that I would like to see justice if he did it,” Victorino explained.
By dusk, porches along Fayston street were full of people. No one we talked to actually saw Hernandez in the neighborhood, even though the DA’s office maintained in court Lloyd was picked up here by Hernandez and two other men a little more than an hour before his death.
“He was just an all around good dude and he is going to be missed around here,” Kevin Thomas said as his fellow marchers stopped on a nearby corner. “What do we want? Peace. When do we want it? Now,” the group chanted.