Aaron Hernandez’s mom: I shared bond with victim’s mother

Terri Hernandez says she has communicated with Ursula Ward

Terri Hernandez, mother of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, listens to closing arguments in her son's trial in Fall River, Mass., Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Hernandez is accused of killing Odin Lloyd in June 2013. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, John Tlumacki, Pool)

BOSTON (AP) — The mother of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez says she shared a special bond with the mother of the man her son was convicted of killing.

Terri Hernandez tells the Boston Herald that after the verdict was read Wednesday she smiled and nodded at Ursula Ward, the mother of Odin Lloyd.

The elder Hernandez says it wasn’t the first time the two had communicated. She says at one point during the 10-week trial she told Ward: “As mother to mother, I’m very sorry. I don’t know what happened but I’m very sorry for all this.”

She called Ward “a great woman, nice and caring.”

When told of what Terri Hernandez said, Ward replied that she said all she will say outside the courthouse, when she expressed forgiveness.

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