Last month, Aaron Hernandez shook the sporting world once more when it emerged that the once star NFL tight-end had been found hanging in his prison cell.
The former New England Patriots star had recently been acquitted of a double murder charge dating back to the 2012 shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in the city of Boston, and those close to him claimed that he was looking forward to fighting back against the separate murder charge for which he was imprisoned.
Details of Hernandez’s suicide have been emerging since the tragic incident took place over two weeks ago; it is thought that the former NFL star was found hanging in his cell, having trapped his bed sheet in his cell window. It is further claimed that Hernandez had shoved pieces of cardboard into cracks in his cell door to make it harder for officials to gain entrance.
It was then alleged that he had left three suicide notes, discovered in his cell following the discovery of his body. The Daily Mail reported that two of the three notes were left for Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez and the couples’ four-year-old daughter, Avielle. The Mail cites “sources close to the investigation” in suggesting that the third note was left for a supposed fellow inmate lover.
Now, excerpts of the former NFL player’s suicide note for his fiance have been released.
Here’s what has been released from the note, reports NBC Boston;
Shay, you have always been my soul-mate and I want you to live life and know I’m always with you.
I told you what was coming indirectly! I love you so much and know you are an angel – literally!
We split into two to come change the world! Your characteristics [sic] is that of a true angel and the definition of God’s love!
Tell my story fully but never think anything besides how much I love you. This was the Supreme’s, the
Almighty’s plan, not mine! I love you! Let (redacted) know how much I love her! Look after (redacted) and (redacted) for me – those are my boys. (YOU’RE RICH) I knew I loved you = Savage Garden.
Hernandez had been a star on the college football scene after a string of impressive performances during his time with the University of Florida, then dropped all the way down to the fourth round of the NFL draft due to concerns over his off the field behaviour. He eventually spent three successful seasons in the NFL on a stacked New England Patriots team, but was released following his arrest in the Odin Lloyd case back in June 2013.
Hernandez had not been deemed a suicide risk by prison officials, and as such was not subjected to round the clock surveillance to guard against any attempt to take his own life.
The former NFL star was 27-years-old upon his death. He had been found guilty of the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013, and was facing the prospect of life imprisonment for the crime.