Family, friends and teammates remember Lloyd

Posted: 06/29/13 at 4:35 pm EDT      Last Updated: 06/29/13 at 6:49 pm EDT

MATTAPAN, Mass. (WHDH) -- As investigators narrow in on the people they think are responsible for Odin Lloyd's death, they stress their sympathy for the victim, his family, and his friends. The 27-year-old, semi-pro football player, was laid to rest Saturday.

An overflowing crowd packed a Mattapan church Saturday morning to remember Odin Lloyd.

“Inside this place it’s very emotional, very emotional. I had to come outside to get some air. It's very emotional,” said Ron Johnson, Boston Bandits equipment manager.

Family members, friends and teammates came together to say goodbye.

Their clothes created a sea of purple, Lloyd's favorite color, in his honor.

They also urged people not to forget Lloyd as the investigation continues into Aaron Hernandez.

“A lot of people have lost a friend, a brother, a nephew, cousin, someone who's part of our community,” said Dante Patterson, played football with Lloyd.

State police were also there to support Lloyd's family.

“It’s a very, very tough time for them and I understand that, but I don't want it to be lost that this is truly about Odin Lloyd and not the subject of the investigation or anyone else involved in this,” said Lt. Col. Frank Matthews, state police.

Many remembered the man with a constant smile, the class clown always ready for a laugh.

“Funny, smiling. As soon as he sees me, he hugs me. He's always a happy guy. Quiet, laidback,” said Jenise Weekes, Lloyd's former babysitter.

Among the hundreds gathered to remember Odin Lloyd, members of the semi-pro football team he played for. The Boston Bandits all remembered him in uniform.

“He's one heck of a good ball player, one heck of a good person. He did not deserve this,” Johnson said.

The team also chanted Lloyd's name as his hearse drove away.

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