Guards at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center found former NFL player, Aaron Hernandez, hanging in his cell around 3am. Hernandez was serving a life sentence after being convicted of a murder. However, just days ago, he was acquitted of a double murder.
According to Department of Correction spokesman, Christopher Fallon, the guards found him unresponsive early Wednesday morning.
According to ESPN:
The former New England Patriots tight end was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster about an hour later. He was 27.
Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing unit in the maximum security state prison. He hanged himself using a bed sheet that he attached to a cell window, Fallon said.
Hernandez tried to block the cell door from the inside by jamming the door with various items, Fallon said.
Fallon said he’s not aware of any suicide note written by Hernandez and stressed that an investigation is ongoing. He said that officials had no concern that Hernandez was planning on taking his own life, and if there was a concern about his well-being, Hernandez would have been transferred to a mental health unit.
“The family and legal team is shocked and surprised at the news of Aaron’s death,” Hernandez’s lawyer Jose Baez said in a statement. “There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible. 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. We request that authorities conduct a transparent and thorough investigation.
Something about it does not seem to add up though. He was acquitted of the double murder, and would have likely had parole after a portion of his sentence was served…..not to mention, he had a small child and was only 27. So why would he have killed himself? Also, why would he not have left a note?
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