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Family holds fundraiser for Odin Lloyd scholarship fund

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DORCHESTER, Mass. (WHDH) - One year after Aaron Hernandez was charged with the murder Odin Lloyd, Lloyd's family held a fundraiser in his memory and his sisters spoke out for the first time.

There was loud music, food, and T-shirts and signs with Lloyd's picture, name and football number. Friends of the semi-pro football player tried to raise money for a football scholarship fund while trying to forget Hernandez.

Lloyd's two younger sisters were front and center at the fundraiser. Their mother did not want to speak on camera.

"It's scary. It's a scary thing to see or hear somebody that's nationally known and idolized. There could be so many other things that are happening behind the scenes that we don't know," said Olivia Thibou, one of Lloyd's sisters.

The sisters said they've avoided public comment until now in part because of how some people talked about their brother and his background. They were in the dark like everyone else about what prosecutors said was Hernandez's secret life of violence.

"People are who they are. They do form your perception of people from what they give out, and he gave out what he wanted people to see him as, so anyone else in the world can say about that, he is who he is," said sister Shaquilla Thibou.

They said their brother was a positive force who brought out the best in most of the people he encountered.

"He was a great guy. He was a very good judge of character so it's scary that his life ended with somebody that he thought he was cool with," Olivia said.

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