Just days after being acquitted of a 2013 double murder, convicted killer/former star New England Patriots NFL player, Aaron Hernandez, was found dead in his Massachusetts prison cell.
Prison officials say that he was pronounced dead at 3:05 a.m. as the result of him hanging himself in the wee hours of the morning. Here is what’s been reported thus far:
Via CNN– The 27-year-old former New England Patriots tight end hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to a window in his cell at the Souza Baranowski prison in Shirley, the Massachusetts Department of Correction said. His body was discovered at 3:05 a.m. “Lifesaving techniques were attempted on Mr. Hernandez, and he was transported to UMass Leominster, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.,” the correction department’s statement reads.
Hernandez, who was alone in his cell in a general population wing, hanged himself and had “attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items,” the statement reads. The Massachusetts State Police are investigating his death.
His Double Murder Acquittal Days Before Death
Although Hernandez was recently acquitted for the 2012 double murder of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu, who were killed in a Boston drive-by nightclub shooting, he was serving life without parole for first degree murder of semi-pro football player, Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee’s sister. Therefore his recent acquittal didn’t really mean much by way of adding a longer prison sentence, however it may have possibly saved him from the death penalty. In that case, Hernandez was found guilty of illegal possession of a firearm.
The Great Career He once Had
Prior to becoming a convicted murderer, Hernandez was the Patriots’ fourth-round draft pick in 2010 and had signed a lucrative five-year contract extension in 2012 which was worth up to $40 million.
Hernandez’s NFL future was really promising when Odin’s gun-sprayed body was found in a Massachusetts industrial park by a local jogger and Hernandez was arrested nine days later for his murder. So unfortunately, the apparently double life he was living proved to be very dreary.
His Pending Appeal Process
At the time of Hernandez’s death, his attorneys were in the process of appealing his 2013 life without parole first degree murder conviction.
The saddest part of it all is that Aaron Hernandez is survived by his four year old daughter, who reportedly broke down in the courtroom room a few days ago (during his acquittal) because she desperately wanted to be able to stay with her father. She has to live in this world fatherless and as time goes by, she’ll have to also try to process who her father really was and how he ended up in the position he did. That’s a lot to drop off on a child and we sincerely wish that precious little girl all the best as she grows up in this beautiful, and unfortunately, sometimes twisted game of life.
Hernandez’s suicide comes on the same day that his former team, The New England Patriots, are set to visit the White House.