Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his cell at the Souza Baranowksi Correctional Facility in Shirly early Wednesday morning. Here are 5 facts you need to know.
1. Hernandez was found in a general population cell at the Souza Baranowksi Correctional Facility in Shirley, Massachusetts at approximately 3:05 am by correctional officers. He was then rushed to UMASS Leominster, but was pronounced dead at 4:07 am.
According to the Department of Corrections, Hernandez used a single bed sheet to hang himself by attaching it to the window in his cell. He reportedly tried to block correctional officers from accessing his cell using “various items.”
Here is the official statement from the department of corrections:
— John Cuoco (@JCuocoNews) April 19, 2017
2. Although police have stated that Hernandez hung himself using a single bed sheet, his attorney believes that he was actually murdered.
The ex-NFL star’s attorney, Jose Baez, told TMZ that he doesn’t believe that Hernandez would kill himself because he thought that his murder conviction would be overturned.
Baez made a statement on the matter, which can be seen here:
— Ryan Kath (@ryankath) April 19, 2017
3. Baez is not alone in believing that Hernandez did not commit suicide. Hernandez’s agent, Brian Murphy, also believes that the former NFL star would not take his own life.
Absolutely no chance he took his own life. Chico was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life.
— Brian Murphy (@A1Murph) April 19, 2017
4. At the time of his death, Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Lloyd was a friend of Hernandez and a semi-pro football player. According to CNN, Hernandez was found to be guilty of first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. Hernandez believed that he had been wrongfully convicted and insisted that he didn’t do anything.
Hernandez had been appealing this conviction and, according to the Boston Globe, his case was ready to go before the Supreme Judicial Court. Had it made it to that point, the court could have decided to hold a new trial or also to uphold the conviction.
5. Although he had gotten into several fights in prison, Hernandez had not attempted murder before.
According to TMZ, in 2015 they obtained a letter from Hernandez where he claimed that he was “doing well” in prison.
Hernandez is survived by his mother, brother, his fiancee Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez and daughter Avielle Janelle Hernandez.