Former New England Patriots’ 27-year-old Aaron Hernandez hung himself in his jail cell early Wednesday (April 19) morning. He was serving a life sentence for murder, just a couple of days after being acquitted of a second double-murder charge.
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“Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window,” the state corrections commission said in a statement. “Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.”
Hernandez was serving a life sentence after being found guilty in 2015 of murdering former friend Odin Lloyd in August 2013. He was recently found Not Guilty of murdering Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado outside of a Boston nightclub in 2012.
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This is a tragic end to a story that was suppose to turn out different. Hernandez was a college football star at the University of Florida, catching passes from Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. As a sophomore, he help lead the Florida Gators to a BCS College Football National Championship. After winning the John Mackey award as the best Tight End in 2010 and becoming an All-American, Hernandez was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.
August 27, 2012, the Patriots signed Hernandez to a five-year contract extension, running through 2018. The $12.5 million signing bonus was the largest ever given to an NFL tight end. From there things to a turn with the murder of Lloyd in 2013.
Hernandez finished his NFL career with 175 receptions, 1,956 yards and 18 Touchdowns. He was 27 years old.
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