Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Questions abound in aftermath of NFL star Hernandez's death

Questions abound in aftermath of NFL star Hernandez's death

The Massachusetts Department of Prisons reported in a statement that Aaron Hernandez, 27, hanged himself in a cell early Wednesday morning at about 3:05 am local time, where he served a life sentence for a murder committed in Boston in 2012. After officers attempted life-saving procedures, he was rushed to UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital where he was pronounced dead about an hour later. Hernandez had been serving a sentence of life in prison without parole after being convicted of the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn, who prosecuted Hernandez for the murder of Odin Lloyd, issued a statement saying, "This is a shocking and sad end to a very tragic series of events that has negatively impacted a number of families".

Aaron Hernandez had the Bible verse "John 3:16" scrawled on his forehead when he was found dead in his prison cell Wednesday, reports say. The timing of Hernandez's death came as a surprise as he had been acquitted of a double homicide on Friday.

Prison officials said they are not aware of any suicide note written by Hernandez and they had no concern that Hernandez might take his own life. He was found hanged with a bedsheet tied to a window, and he had tried to block his cell door from the inside.

The apparent suicide left friends, family and his legal team shocked and in disbelief.

"I just think it got to him - the guilt", Mixson Philip said. Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death. Massachusetts State Police remain on the scene investigating the death. Hernandez's lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Prosecutors claimed Hernandez opened fire at Abreu and Furtado's vehicle while it was stopped at a red light in Boston because he was angry that one of them spilled a drink on him at a club.

His 2015 conviction had cemented a spectacular fall from grace for Hernandez, who once had a $40 million, five-year contract with the Patriots. He caught 79 passes for 910 yards and seven touchdowns in his second year to help the team reach the Super Bowl.

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