Hernandez found with Bible verse written on forehead

Hazel Gray
April 21, 2017

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez spent almost four years in police custody in MA before he was found dead in his prison cell early Wednesday morning.

Hernandez was found hanging in his cell in Shirley's Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center early Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Hernandez was said to have been in a single cell in a general population housing unit and had used various items to block his door before he was found. Officers attempted to save his life, then took him to a hospital, where a doctor pronounced him dead at 4.07am.

On Friday, Hernandez was acquitted of all but a gun charge in a lengthy trial in the 2012 shooting deaths of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu. In this December 12, 2005 photo, Aaron Hernandez poses for a photo in Bristol, Conn. Hernandez, a former National Football League star, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and Friday, April 14, 2017, was acquitted.

Already serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, Hernandez was acquitted last week in a double-murder trial in Suffolk Superior Court.

They said Thursday there was no sign of a struggle and that the former New England Patriots tight end was alone.

Hernandez had a $41 million contract with the New England Patriots when he was arrested at his home in June 2013 and charged with the fatal shooting.

Hernandez's death came on the same day that his former Patriots teammates were visiting President Donald Trump and the White House.

Massachusetts Department of Correction spokesman Christopher Fallon said he was not aware of any suicide note and said officials had no reason to believe Hernandez was suicidal.

A native of Bristol, Conn., he played college ball at the University of Florida, helping the team win a national championship under coach Urban Meyer.

Hernandez's older brother Jonathan "DJ" Hernandez, meanwhile, took to Facebook Thursday to wish his mother, Terri Hernandez, happy birthday.

He had been serving a life sentence without parole for the 2013 slaying of a onetime friend.

Those close to Aaron Hernandez are questioning the circumstances surrounding the former National Football League star's death in prison.

However, Baez told TMZ Sports he believes Hernandez, who just last week was acquitted in a second murder case, may have been murdered by inmates or prison staff.

Prosecutors suggested Lloyd may have been killed to keep him quiet about the 2012 Boston killings. "Each man has to live with himself". You've got a heart.

Hernandez grew up right here in CT.

"I just think it got to him - the guilt", Mixson Philip said.

In February, the trial began for the 2012 double murders of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, who were shot and killed outside of a MA bar. "If he hung himself not too long after ... clearly, I must have been wrong". "That was a positive thing in our minds", said Alex Cugno, who grew up with Hernandez in Bristol. "Something just doesn't add up", added cousin Randy Garcia.

But he was concussed in 2007 after a hit to the head while playing for his CT high school, Bristol Central, Sports Illustrated reported before his trial for Lloyd's murder.

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