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Aaron Hernandez Hangs Himself In Prison Cell

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez commits suicide in jail

Published on Apr 19, 2017

CBS News confirms former NFL star Aaron Hernandez committed suicide overnight in a Massachusetts prison. He had just been acquitted Friday in a 2012 double killing. Tony Dokoupil reports.

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

SHIRLEY (CBS) – Former New England Patriot and convicted killer Aaron Hernandez killed himself in prison overnight, authorities said Wednesday morning.

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Aaron Hernandez arrested at his home in North Attleboro, June 26, 2013. (Photo courtesy: Boston Globe-George Rizer)

Here is the message sent out by Christopher Fallon, the Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Communications of the Massachusetts Department of Correction:

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.

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Aaron Hernandez reacts to the not guilty verdict in his double murder trial on April 14, 2017. (WBZ-TV)

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.

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Aaron Hernandez cried when the verdicts were read April 14, 2017. (WBZ-TV)

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.

Read: Aaron Hernandez Coverage

Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd in June 2013.

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The Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley. (WBZ-TV)

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.

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Tim Tebow and Aaron Hernandez during their days at Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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.

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Aaron Hernandez. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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.

Aaron Hernandez
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Hernandez with the Patriots in 2011
No. 85, 81
Position: Tight end
Personal information
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)
Career information
High school: Bristol (CT) Central
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 4 / Pick: 113
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 175
Receiving yards: 1,956
Receiving average: 11.2
Touchdowns: 18
Player stats at NFL.com
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

Published on Apr 19, 2017

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.

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