(CNN) — Odin Lloyd, who authorities allege was murdered by former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, carved a reputation as a trophy-accumulating athlete who in school had a mischievous streak for jokes and pranks, relatives said.
Lloyd, 27, found ways to keep smiling outside the family home in Boston’s largest and most diverse neighborhood, Dorchester.
“Everybody in school used to say, like, I was always getting in trouble with my mom because he was always a class clown,” his sister, Olivia Thibou, told CNN affiliate WHDH. “Everyone knew him to always make jokes, to laugh.
“Anybody who knows my brother would say that he’s just a funny guy,” she added. “He’s very respectful. He never really disrespected anybody.”