Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez commits suicide in jail
Police Launch Investigation into Hernandez Death
How/Why does a man acquitted just last week of a double homicide, hang himself in his cell? Something ain’t right.
From CBS Boston.Com:
Aaron Hernandez Kills Himself In Prison
April 19, 2017 8:03 AM
SHIRLEY (CBS) – Former New England Patriot and convicted killer Aaron Hernandez killed himself in prison overnight, authorities said Wednesday morning.
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 hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window.
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.
Fallon later told WBZ-TV’s Anna Meiler that Hernandez was not on a suicide watch because there was no indication he wanted to harm himself. Corrections officers found him when they were doing a regular hourly round in the unit.
There are no reports of a suicide note, Fallon said, adding that investigators are going through everything in his cell.
Hernandez’s body has been turned over to the state medical examiner’s office.
Just last Friday, Hernandez broke down in tears in court as he was acquitted of murder charges in the shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in the South End in July 2012.
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Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd in June 2013.
He leaves behind his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez and their 4-year-old daughter Avielle.
Hernandez was a standout tight end at the University of Florida and was drafted by the Patriots in 2010.
He quickly became a star and the Patriots signed him to a five-year contract extension in August 2012, just a month after de Abreu and Furtado were murdered.
In June 2013 he was charged with shooting Lloyd to death, a short distance from his home in North Attleboro and the Patriots released him.
Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in April 2015.
Hernandez with the Patriots in 2011
|No. 85, 81|
|Date of birth:||November 6, 1989|
|Place of birth:||Bristol, Connecticut|
|Date of death:||April 19, 2017 (aged 27)|
|Place of death:||Leominster, Massachusetts|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school:||Bristol (CT) Central|
|NFL Draft:||2010 / Round: 4 / Pick: 113|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Aaron Josef Hernandez (November 6, 1989 – April 19, 2017) was an American football tight end and convicted murderer. Hernandez played college football at the University of Florida, where he was a member of a BCS National Championship team and was recognized as an All-American. He played for the NFL‘s New England Patriots as the 15th pick in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Hernandez was released by the Patriots in June 2013 immediately after his arrest for the murder of Odin Lloyd.
On August 22, 2013, Hernandez was indicted by a grand jury for the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player, in June 2013. On April 15, 2015, he was found guilty of first-degree murder in the Lloyd case, and sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center.
On May 15, 2014, Hernandez was indicted for the 2012 double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. On April 14, 2017, he was found not guilty for the double homicide, but continued serving a life sentence for the murder of Lloyd.
On April 19, 2017, Hernandez committed suicide by hanging himself in his prison cell.
Aaron Hernandez commits suicide in prison
Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez killed himself in prison while serving a life sentence for murder. Anna Meiler from Boston station WBZ joins CBSN with the latest.