Allegedly, three handwritten notes were found in the cell where convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez hanged himself. Two of the letters were addressed to the former football star’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez and the couple’s four-year-old daughter Avielle. The third letter was for an unidentified fellow inmate: his gay lover.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, the gay inmate, who is now on a suicide watch himself, was believed to be the last person Hernandez spoke with before he hanged himself in his jail cell.
The notes were found next to a Bible, which was opened to John 3:16, the same verse Hernandez had written across his forehead in marker.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,” reads the verse.
Hernandez had reportedly been planning his suicide for weeks; giving away most of his personal belongings to fellow inmates. According to the report, he even covered the floor of his cell with soap so that if he lost his nerve, the floor would be too slippery for him to get his footing, and he wouldn’t be able to save himself.
According to a report by State Police detectives, which determined that Hernandez was alone at the time of the hanging, investigators “found cardboard jammed into the door tracks of his single-inmate cell to impede entry into the cell.”
The family has said that they want to donate his brain to a Boston University research team which is currently studying the behavioral effects of football injuries in the brains of deceased players.
However, the Boston medical examiner’s office did not immediately release the brain, although it did give the body to his family after an autopsy.
Jose Baez, attorney for the Hernandez family, said that Hernandez may have been suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and the medical examiner was standing in the way of their finding out for certain.
Since then, it has been reported that Hernandez’s brain will be released to Boston University per his family wishes.
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