On April 19, the champion New England Patriots were set to visit the White House. They did end up visiting, not all of them, the White House and current president Donald Trump. However, on the same day, tragedy struck.
Former NFL star and New England Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and just days ago was acquitted of a double murder, died after hanging himself in his prison cell early Wednesday (around 3 a.m. E.T.), Massachusetts prisons officials said. Hernandez, 27, was found by guards in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts. Aaron Hernandez was later pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster about an hour later.
According to Department of Correction spokesman Christopher Fallon, “Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing unit in the maximum security state prison. He hanged himself using a bed sheet that he attached to a cell window…Hernandez tried to block the cell door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.”
After an autopsy was performed on Aaron Hernandez, the doctor concluded that his death was a suicide caused by asphyxia by hanging. Investigators found three handwritten notes by his body along with a bible in his cell.
Fallon said Tuesday that officials had no concern that Hernandez was planning on taking his own life, and if there was a concern about his well-being, Hernandez would have been transferred to a mental health unit. Hernandez was moved to tears on Friday after he was recently acquitted of the 2012 fatal shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston (allegedly because of a spilled drink). Just before his acquittal, Hernandez was seen blowing kisses to the little girl he fathered with fiancée Shayanna Jenkins.
However, Hernandez was still serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for his conviction in the 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee’s sister.
All this came very unexpectedly, and on a day that was supposed to be full of joy and happiness for the Patriots and their fans all over the world. Aaron Hernandez had recently signed a contract extension with New England right before his arrest in 2012. The Patriots did not give him the guaranteed millions of dollars, and his family may be entitled to that money.
Investigators are still on the case trying to find evidence to this mysterious occurrence.