Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who was convicted of a 2013 murder and subsequently sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, was found hanging in his jail cell by corrections officers at approximately 3 a.m. on Wednesday morning. As more information continues to surface surrounding his surprising death, a bombshell discovery has been made in the suicide note that he left behind.
On Thursday, a joint statement by Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr., Col. Richard McKeon, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, and Secretary of Public Safety Daniel Bennett said Hernandez’s “manner of death was suicide and the cause asphyxia by hanging.”
“There were no signs of a struggle, and investigators determined that Mr. Hernandez was alone at the time of the hanging,” the statement added, according to Western Journalism.
Hernandez left a series of three notes inside of the prison cell where he hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to a window after attempting to block himself inside the cell. One note was for his fiancé, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, and another for his 4-year-old daughter, Avielle. It was the third note Hernandez left which has really raised eyebrows.
In his notes to Shayanna and Avielle, Hernandez wrote, “I love you and please don’t cry.” He left them next to a Bible opened to John 3:16, which reads, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
The third note that Hernandez left was reportedly for a gay lover he had taken behind bars. That man, who has not been identified, is now apparently so distraught that he is on an intense “eyeball to eyeball” suicide watch. He was also the last person Hernandez spoke to before taking his own life.
The true victims of this developing story are the members of Hernandez’s family, like his fiancée and daughter, who have been hit with blow after blow ever since the former New England Patriots star originally committed the unspeakable crime which landed him behind bars. To compound the grief they must deal with following his death, they have now been faced with the shock of learning that he was in a relationship with a man in prison. Truly, his death comes along with a silver lining in that he is not around to hurt them any longer.