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Fiancée Shayanna Jenkins Reveals How She Reacted When Aaron Hernandez Was Arrested For Murder
“This is someone you love, your soulmate, being taken away,” said Jenkins.
In part one of Oxygen’s two-night docu-series “Aaron Hernandez Uncovered,” Shayanna Jenkins revealed what it was like when police knocked on the door of her North Attleborough, Massachusetts, home and arrested fiancé Aaron Hernandez.
“We were upstairs in our bedroom with the baby. I think we were just waking up, actually. He said there was a knock at the door,” Jenkins told producers. “He went to go answer it, and they arrested him there. And I remember saying I loved him, and then he was taken out.”
On June 26, 2013, the former New England Patriots tight end was taken into custody and charged in connection with the shooting of semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd. Lloyd, who was dating Jenkins’ sister at the time, had been found dead in an industrial park about a half-mile from Hernandez’s house.
“This is someone you love, your soulmate, being taken away,” Jenkins continued. “It’s terrible, and then you don’t know if they’re coming back.”
Jenkins recalled taking her daughter Avielle, now 5, upstairs and watching the procession of police cars drive out of her neighborhood.
“After that, I had shut the door and I remember then going back upstairs to our balcony with the baby and looking over,” Jenkins said.
Shortly after, Jenkins called friend Lela Spikes, the wife of Hernandez’s former NFL teammate Brandon Spikes.
“I think she was just kind of numb,” Spikes said. “You can never say the right thing to someone whose world just kind of crashed and burned.”
“We cried together for a long time,” Jenkins recounted. “I didn’t know how to function after that. I think that’s when my walls finally fell. It definitely hit hard. It was tragic.”
Following his arrest, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick announced Hernandez had been released from the team. At arraignment, Hernandez pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and was ordered to be held without bail.
To hear more about the case and the outcome of Hernandez’s murder trial, watch “Aaron Hernandez Uncovered” on Oxygen.