Aaron Hernandez and “the Wrong Crowd” Theory

Just a note on “hanging around with the wrong crowd” imagery: I live in Dorchester, MA. While I sympathize with Hernandez’ childhood trauma, the “hung around the wrong crowd” version of how he went wrong cannot pass the litmus test of legitimacy. While the Hernandez trials were on the news, this imagery was repeatedly resorted to, and the people who are alleged to have been shot by him were from my neighborhood. The inference was that Hernandez made the mistake of hanging in the wrong neighborhood — breeding ground for “the wrong crowd.” It seems pretty clear that the “crowd” he hung out with in Dorchester is the one where he was shooting people to death. Maybe “the crowd” was hanging out with the wrong individual? This must be true at least for the people he murdered.