Odin Lloyd’s mother says she’s reliving pain of son’s murder

Says that even if conviction is vacated, justice was still served in case

Ursula Ward, mother of the victim, Odin Lloyd, cries as former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez is found guilty verdict during his murder trial, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Lloyd in June 2013. He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. (Dominick Reuter/Pool Photo via AP)

BOSTON (AP) – The mother of the man former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of killing says she’s convinced justice was done even if the murder charge gets erased.

Courts in Massachusetts customarily vacate the convictions of defendants who die before their appeals are heard. Hernandez was serving a life sentence for killing Odin Lloyd when he hanged himself in his cell earlier this week.

Lloyd’s mother, Ursula Ward, says a jury found Hernandez guilty of killing her son and that’s good enough for her.

She said Hernandez’s suicide in prison has reopened old wounds and she’s reliving the pain of her son’s 2013 murder.

She told reporters Friday: “I lost my best friend. I lost my son. I lost the love of my life.”

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