Former NFL player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his cell early Wednesday morning.
Here is a statement from 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.
Now, from all sources up to this point Hernandez’s death has been labeled a suicide. Everybody but Jose Beaz, Hernadez’s attorney.
According to TMZ Jose believes Hernandez’s death could be the result of murder orchestrated within prison walls. Jose is also thought to believed that either fellow inmates or prison staff could be behind the murder.
His “suicide” comes as a shock to many due to the fact things were looking bright for Aaron. Aaron had just been acquitted in the double murder of Daniel Abreu and Sarfio Furtado.
Here is an excerpt from TMZ on the verdict:
Aaron Hernandez has just been found NOT GUILTY of murdering two people in a 2012 drive-by shooting.
The jury spent more than 35 hours over 6 days deliberating the case.
Hernandez was only found guilty on one lesser charge — illegal possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to serve between 4 and 5 years in prison for that conviction.
Prosecutors claimed 27-year-old Hernandez killed Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado on July 16, 2012 because one of them spilled a drink on him in a Boston club earlier that night.
The families of both Abreu and Furtado were in the courtroom when the verdict was read.
The ex-New England Patriots player was previously convicted of 1st degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in 2015 for killing semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.
The acquittal comes almost exactly 2 years after Hernandez was convicted of murdering Lloyd. That verdict was reached on April 15, 2015.
Jose Baez and the Hernandez family claim he was in a good state of mind and don’t believe he was suicidal.
Although no hard evidence of foul play is yet to turn up Aaron very well could have been murdered.
The case begins to be made when you look at Aaron’s mindset during this time period.
Although we can’t be sure what was going through Aaron’s mind we can look at what was happening in his life from a public view.
Aaron had just been acquitted in the double murder of Abreu and Furtado, was appealing the Odin Llyod verdict and finally was able to see his daughter for the first time in quite sometime.
Aaron was seen emotional while the verdict was being read in the double murder case. He was described as in “good spirits” by all that were close to him throughout this trial.
None of the things mentioned above would point to someone being suicidal.
Hernadez was being held in general population. This raises the question wouldn’t somebody hear Hernandez’s repeated attempts to jam the door? No evidence has turned up that anybody heard anything.
Inmates and officers alike would have great disdain for Aaron. He was a guy that had everything and threw it away. He also fits the stereotype on athletes that they get away with things because of who they are. We saw this stereotype come from the O.J Simpson case, Ray Lewis scandal and even Allen Iverson’s trial when he was in Highschool.
I am by no means saying that Hernandez was without question murdered but there are parts of this story that need investigating.