The SUV that Aaron Hernandez was driving the night he was accused of shooting two men outside a Boston nightclub has been pulled from eBay despite a successful online auction.
According to the New York Post, the silver Toyota 4Runner Hernandez had been driving the night of July 16, 2012, the night Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado wrere shot to death, had gotten bids over $100,000 since the original car dealer listed the SUV on the online auction site.
Buddy Clair, owner of Westford Auto Sales in Westford, Massachusetts, told the Boston Globe the listing had been removed late Tuesday night — with no explanation from eBay.
“eBay pulled the ad off,” Clair reportedly said. “I have no idea why.”
The New York Post reports that Hernandez was leasing the SUV — which has only 53,000 miles on it — from a Rhode Island-based dealer as part of a promotional agreement. Clair is reportedly handling the sale of the vehicle for the original dealer. He told the Boston Globe that the dealer had been considering donating a portion of the proceeds.
“It’s valuable to somebody and somebody should have the right to own it without being criticized,” Clair told the newspaper “If we got lucky on this and sold it, we had talked about donating to the people that were involved in the history of it.”
The New York Post reached out to eBay for comment but did not get a response.
Hernandez was found not guilty of the July 2012 double murder on April 15, while he was already serving a life sentence for a previous murder conviction. Five days later, he hung himself in his jail cell.
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