Ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in prison just yesterday, following his acquittal from a double murder last week. Now, investigators are attempting to put together the pieces of Hernandez's final days.
According to CBS News, Hernandez had already been serving one life sentence the 2013 killing of former friend Odin Lloyd. Five days before his death, Hernandez had been acquitted of a different double murder that had occurred after a shooting incident in a Boston nightclub. Many are now searching for an explanation as to what triggered the suicide.
“Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window,” say prison officials. Prior to this, Hernandez had not been considered suicidal. Had he been, he would have been transferred to a mental health unit. Officials say that Hernandez blocked the door to the cell, hoping to prevent anyone from entering. It is unclear if he left a note.
Hernandez was found to have a Bible verse (John 3:16, which states that Jesus "shall not perish but have everlasting life") written on his head in marker, which is erratic behavior leading some to conclude that he may have smoked synthetic marijuana before taking his own life. Investigators also noticed red marks on his hands and feet, although what that indicates is unclear.
“There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible,” said Hernandez's attorney Jose Baez. “Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence. Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death.”
Here is the official statement from law enforcement made on Wednesday:
"On April 19, 2017, Aaron Hernandez was discovered hanged in his cell by corrections officers at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts at approximately 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. by a physician at the hospital. Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing unit ... Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items. The Massachusetts State Police are on scene and the investigation continues. Mr. Hernandez's next of kin have been notified."
An investigation into the situation will continue.
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