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Ex-Patriot Aaron Hernandez hangs himself in prison cell

WASHINGTON – Disgraced former NFL player Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in his prison cell on Wednesday morning, the Massachusetts Department of Corrections said – five days after being acquitted of a double murder. He was 27.

Officers found the former New England Patriot hanging in his cell at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass. at 3:05 a.m. EDT.

“Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit,” a statement from the DOC said. “Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bedsheet that he attached to his cell window.

“Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.”

He was rushed to UMass Memorial – HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.

Massachusetts State Police are investigating the death.

Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for murder, was acquitted on Friday of killing two men in Boston in 2012. He was accused of killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in a drive-by shooting in July 2012 after an altercation outside a nightclub. Prosecutors said Hernandez was angry because de Abreu had accidentally bumped into him on the dance floor and Hernandez had spilled his drink. He pleaded not guilty in the case.

Aaron Hernandez in 2011 on the sidelines at a Patriots game. (Wikipedia)

His fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, and 4-year-old daughter came to court during jury deliberations, and he was seen blowing them kisses.

The jury acquitted Hernandez on seven of eight charges after deliberating for 37 hours. He was convicted only of an illegal firearms charge.

The acquittal came almost exactly two years after he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for murdering Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player in June 2013. Hernandez was appealing his conviction.

Hernandez once had a $40 million, five-year contract with the Patriots. The team dropped the tight end hours after his arrest on June 26, 2013.

The Patriots, the Super Bowl champions, were scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday.

Six players are reportedly skipping the event. Devin McCourty, LeGarrette Blount, Alan Branch, Dont’a Hightower, Chris Long and Martellus Bennett have said they will not attend, with all except Hightower citing political reasons as their decision.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady – a friend of Trump – skipped his team’s meeting with then-President Barack Obama in 2015. Brady said that the decision was not political but that he had a prior family commitment. He also skipped today for personal reasons.

This article was first published by Talk Media News. It is republished with permission.


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Regina Holmes has more than two decades of experience as a journalist –editing and reporting for news dailies including the Miami Herald, Newsday and the Baltimore Examiner. She also launched an award-winning investigative news website that tackled police and political corruption in Baltimore. She has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and Baltimore County Public Schools. Regina became a journalist because even as a child she was fascinated by the power of the press: how it could force a president out of office, elect a president, expose corruption, and shine a light on discrimination. She is passionate about giving a voice to people who are disenfranchised, ignored or powerless, including people of color, senior citizens, the impoverished, people with disabilities, veterans, and children. Issues in which she is particularly interested include race relations, criminal justice, and police brutality. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Vassar College and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. In her spare time, Regina enjoys traveling,antiquing, window-shopping for carsand watching HGTV. Contact the author.
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