The New England Patriots have released tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Hernandez’s release comes just hours after he was arrested by North Attleboro police in connection with the murder of associate Odin Lloyd. The transaction was confirmed by the team in a press release on Wednesday morning.

The Patriots also released a statement along with the announcement of Hernandez’s release.

“A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss. Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do.”