Convicted murderer and former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found hanged in his Massachusetts prison cell on the morning of Wednesday, April 19, just days after he was acquitted in a separate murder case. Hernandez killed himself the day his former team, the New England Patriots, are scheduled to visit the White House for their Super Bowl Visit.
The 27-year-old former NFL star hanged himself with a bedsheet attached to a window in his Souza-Baranowski prison cell in Shirley, Massachusettes. Hernandez’s body was found at 3:05 AM on Wednesday morning.
He died from hanging himself with a bedsheet in his cell at Souza-Baranowski correctional center in Massachusettes.
The correction department released a statement on Hernandez’s death, saying “Lifesaving techniques were attempted on Mr. Hernandez, and he was transported to UMass Leominster, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 AM.”
Shayanna Jenkins is Hernadez’s longtime fiancee. She was called upon to testify in Hernandez’s recent double murder hearing. Her initial perjury charges in the case of the murder of Odin Lloyd were thrown out.
Hernandez, who was already serving a life sentence after being convicted of first-degree murder for the killing of Odin Lloyd, was facing murder charges for the deaths of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu, two men killed in a drive-by shooting outside of a Boston nightclub
To the surprise of many, Hernandez was found not guilty of the murder charges on Friday, April 14, though he was convicted of illegal possession of a firearm. He was convicted on just one of eight charges he was facing.
According to CNN, Hernandez was visibly emotional when Friday’s verdicts were read, embracing his attorneys with tears in his eyes. One of his attorneys said Hernandez was relieved about the verdict.
Hernandez is survived by his one daughter, Avielle Janelle Hernandez, who was born November 6, 2012, and his fiancee Shayanna Jenkins.