Aaron Hernandez commits suicide in prison

Aaron Hernandez commits suicide in prison

The tragic story of Aaron Hernandez came to a gruesome end early Wednesday morning, when he committed suicide by hanging himself in his jail cell.

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Authorities at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass., found Hernandez hung in his cell at 3:05 a.m. The former Patriots tight end was rushed to UMASS Leominster, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. A statement from the Massachusetts Department of Corrections said Hernandez had hanged himself using a bedsheet that he attached to his cell window, and had attempted to block entrance to his cell by "jamming the door with various items".

Officials said Hernandez left no suicide note.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence without possibility of parole for the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Just last Friday, he was acquitted on a double-murder charge after being accused of killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in July 2012. Much of the evidence against Hernandez in that case was the testimony of former friend Alexander Bradley, a convicted felon whom Hernandez allegedly shot through the eye in February 2013 in an attempt to silence him about the murders of de Abreu and Furtado.

Hernandez -- whose behavior and drug issues at the University of Florida caused him to drop to the fourth round of the NFL draft, where he was selected by New England -- played for the Patriots from 2010 through 2012, and signed a five-year, $40 million contract extension prior to the 2012 season. The team released him in June 2013, hours after he was arrested and charged with Lloyd's killing.

The Patriots -- who are visiting the White House today to celebrate their Super Bowl LI championship -- said they would have no comment on the suicide.

Hernandez, 27, is survived by a 4-year-old daughter, Avielle; his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez; his mother, and an older brother.

The DOC statement, via mmqb.si.com's Albert Breer:

 

 

Report: Hernandez jurors were invited to funeral

Report: Hernandez jurors were invited to funeral

A member of the jury that acquitted Aaron Hernandez of double-murder said jurors were invited to Hernandez’s funeral by defense attorney Jose Baez, The Boston Herald reported. 

Hernandez, the former Patriots tight end who was already serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd when he was acquitted in the 2012 double-murder in Boston, killed himself in his prison cell last week. His funeral was in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut on Monday. 

One juror told the Herald that Baez offered to pay for bus to have jury attend funeral. 

More from the Herald report: 

“I was invited, but I decided ultimately not to go,” said Robert Monroe, one of 12 jurors who on April 14 acquitted Hernandez of the murders of Cape Verdean immigrants Daniel de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Furtado, 28. Both were living in Dorchester.

“I received a message, if any of the jurors wanted to go to the Aaron Hernandez funeral, that [Hernandez’s attorney] Jose Baez would rent a bus to get us back and forth,” Monroe told the Herald today.

 

Report: Giants, Blount have 'mutual interest'

Report: Giants, Blount have 'mutual interest'

The Patriots’ offseason activity with regard to running backs essentially ended LeGarrette Blount’s time in New England. Now he’s looking for his next team. 

According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, there is “mutual interest” between Blount and the Giants. 

Blount played last season on a one-year, $1 million in New England. Though he is coming off a career-best 1,161 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns, the 30-year-old’s spot on New England’s roster disappeared with the team’s acquisitions of Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee. 

The Patriots officially acquired Gillislee on a two-year contract Monday when the Bills declined to match New England’s contract offer to the restricted free agent. By declining to match, the Bills received a fifth-round pick from the Pats for the 26-year-old.