Prison Officials Didn't Believe That Aaron Hernandez Was Suicidal

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 21, 2017

Still, he was a productive tight end for the Patriots for three seasons. Cugno says he and other Hernandez pals can't believe he took his own life. He was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of an acquaintance. Prison officials say he was found hanged in his cell early Wednesday in a high-security prison in MA.

He's the second son of Dennis Hernandez, a former high school football star who played for the University of CT, and Terri Valentine-Hernandez.

Fallon said he was not aware of any suicide note. Kennedy says the lawsuits will go forward, but will now be against Hernandez's estate.

February 14, 2017: Hernandez goes on trial for murder in the 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

Prisoner Legal Services of MA has long called on the state to report inmate suicides.

FILE - In this Sunday Jan. 1, 2012, file photo, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) tries to break free of Buffalo Bills linebacker Chris Kelsay (90) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in. One of those steps was to install clothing hooks that collapse if a significant amount of weight is placed on them.

Hernandez's lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence".

As the Associated Press reported, prosecutors accused Hernandez of opening fire on their vehicle because he felt disrespected when one of the men bumped into him and spilled his drink at a Boston nightclub.

BOSTON (AP) - Aaron Hernandez's death in prison - just days after the former National Football League star was cleared of additional murder charges - remains shrouded in mystery.

The Massachusetts maximum security prison where Aaron Hernandez apparently hanged himself has seen its share of troubles since it opened almost two decades ago. The most famous one was the strangulation of convicted pedophile priest John Geoghan (GAY'-gehn) by another prisoner.

The prison, built for $105 million, was hailed as the nation's most technologically advanced when it opened in 1998.

Walker, of Prisoner Legal Services, said MA had redesigned cells but more was needed.

It is named for two former prisons workers killed in 1972 during an aborted escape attempt. One of his defense attorneys, George Leontire, says Hernandez was very grateful towards his defense team. Prosecutors in the double-murder trial weren't allowed to mention his conviction in Lloyd's case.

Authorities say Hernandez was found hanging in his MA prison cell early Wednesday and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

According to the Boston Globe, Hernandez is the 27th suicide in MA state prisons since 2010, and the second so far this year.

MA state police has launched an investigation into the circumstances around Hernandez's death.

The Worcester County district attorney's office and the Correction Department are investigating.

"It's possible it might not be a suicide, but there are people committing suicide in this facility", State Sen. Just last Friday, Hernandez was acquitted in a separate murder case.

His death also came just hours before his former Patriots teammates visited the White House to celebrate their recent Super Bowl victory. He was cut from the team shortly after he was arrested in Lloyd's killing in June 2013.

July 16, 2012: Two men, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, are shot to death in their vehicle as they wait at a red light in Boston's South End neighborhood.

Officials said Wednesday that there was no indication that Hernandez was suicidal. The 27-year-old was housed in the general population unit of the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley.

The 22-year-old was said to be in the prison's health service unit, under a 24-hour "eyeball suicide watch".

He had been serving a life sentence without parole for the 2013 slaying of a onetime friend, Odin Lloyd. Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window.

Law enforcement sources told ABC News that Hernandez was found with the Bible verse John 3:16 written across his forehead.

"Lifesaving techniques were attempted on Mr. Hernandez and he was transported to UMASS Leominster where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a physician at the hospital", assistant-deputy commissioner of communications Christopher Fallon said in a statement.

Authorities said Hernandez used a bed sheet to hang himself in his jail cell just days after he was found not guilty for the 2012 murder of two men. He attempted to block the door of his cell from the inside by "jamming the door with various items", authorities added.

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