Former New England Patriots Star Aaron Hernandez Commits Suicide In Jail
Aaron Hernandez, a former New England Patriots star who was convicted of murder was found hanging Wednesday morning in the Massachusetts prison where he was serving a life sentence, officials said.
CNN is reporting the death of Hernandez, 27, comes just days after he was acquitted in a separate murder case. Hernandez "was discovered hanged in his cell by corrections officers at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts at approximately 3:05 a.m.," the Massachusetts Department of Correction said.
Mr. Hernandez was housed in a single cell in the general prison population, the statement said. The assistant deputy commissioner of communications, Christopher Fallon, told The Associated Press that officials had not been concerned that Mr. Hernandez was a suicide risk.
He also said no suicide note had been found.The case will be investigated by the state police.
Mr. Hernandez’s suicide came on the day some of his former teammates would be visiting the White House to celebrate their recent Super Bowl victory.
Mr. Hernandez, 27, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Odin L. Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Mr. Hernandez’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins.
He had appealed the verdict.