(CNN) – Ursula Ward kept repeating her son’s name — Odin.
She steadied herself against the podium in the Fall River, Massachusetts, courtroom and occasionally paused. She was tired after more than two years of pain, punctuated Wednesday when her son’s killer, Aaron Hernandez, was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Odin Lloyd was her first born, her only son. “Odin was the backbone of the family. Odin was the man of the house. Odin was his sisters’ keeper,” Ward told Judge Susan Garsh, before Garsh sentenced the former pro-football player.
Lloyd was 27-years-old and working for a landscaping firm when he was killed in June 2013. He played football for the Boston Bandits, the oldest semi-pro team in Boston and the winner of four championships in the New England Football League, according to the team’s website.