When prison guards found former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez hanging from a bed sheet in his cell on Wednesday, they also found the words “John 3:16” written in red marker on his forehead and the wall.
A report says a Bible was also left open to the verse, which reads: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Hernandez, 27, was found at around 3:05 a.m. on Wednesday morning, allegedly ending his life just five days after he was acquitted of murdering two men in Boston in 2012. Hernandez was in prison serving a life sentence without parole for another crime — killing semi-pro football player Odin L. Lloyd in 2013.
Despite his life sentence, friends, family, and his legal team do not believe Hernandez would commit suicide.
His attorney Jose Baez, stated, “There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible. Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence. Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death.”
Alex Cugno, who grew up with Hernandez, said, “Especially after him getting acquitted of the double murder. That was a positive thing in our minds. I don’t believe that he would have killed himself. It just doesn’t add up.”
Correction Department spokesman Christopher Fallon confirmed that if there had been any indication that Hernandez was suicidal, he would have been transferred to a mental health unit.
Another friend did express that perhaps Hernandez could no longer live with the guilt of Lloyd’s murder.
“I just think it got to him — the guilt,” said Mixson Philip. “Each man has to live with himself. You can put on an act like nothing happened, but you’ve got a soul. You’ve got a heart.”
Officials spent Wednesday gathering evidence from Hernandez’s cell. They also interviewed prison staff and reviewed surveillance video. No suicide note has been found.
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