Investigation Continues Into Aaron Hernandez's Death

Hazel Gray
April 21, 2017

Baez called the family's donation of Hernandez's brain the "critical issue" during a press conference where he declined to answer any questions about Hernandez's death at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center or how he was found.

Authorities offered few answers after Hernandez was found hanging from a bedsheet Wednesday in his cell in a maximum-security prison in MA, where he was serving a life sentence for the 2013 slaying of a onetime friend. He apparently tried to jam the cell door to prevent guards from opening it and hanged himself with a bedsheet tied to a window, Fallon said.

The death of Hernandez, 27, comes just days after he was acquitted in a separate murder case. According to WBZ-TV, the CBS Affiliate in Boston, when Hernandez was found on Wednesday, he had the words "John 3:16" written on his forehead.

"We are aware of the reports, but I don't anticipate that we will be commenting today", a Patriots spokesperson said. He said Hernandez "was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life".

Hernandez leaves behind his fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, and a four-year-old daughter, Avielle. "Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence".

"The family of Aaron Hernandez made a decision to donate his brain to CTE studies to possibly help, and possibly shed light and more evidence on this case".

Hernandez's death is now being investigated by the MA state medical examiner's office and is being overseen by the Worcester District Attorney and the Department of Corrections, the Boston Globe reported.

They're calling it a suicide, but an autopsy will be conducted later this week in Boston.

Attorney William Kennedy said the joint wrongful death lawsuit filed by the families of de Abreu and Furtado against Hernandez will proceed against his estate.

The suicide stunned those who knew Hernandez.

He died nearly exactly two years after he was sentenced to life without parole for murdering a semi-pro football player in 2013 and five days after he was acquitted of double murder in a separate Boston killing in 2012.

According to the statement lifesaving techniques were administered to the former New England Patriots tight end.

Later in the same year in June he was arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd, after this case he was terminated by the patriots on the same day.

"It is our position that they are holding Aaron Hernandez's brain illegally", Baez said. The change in Hernandez's legal status could force the Patriots to pay his family $3.25 million in signing-bonus money they have withheld in the wake of the charges against him in three murders, and the National Football League might similarly be compelled to make pension payments to Hernandez's family.

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