The three written letters found in the prison cell where Aaron Hernandez hanged himself were written to his fiancée, his daughter, and his gay jailhouse lover.
Prison officials discovered Hernandez hanging in his cell Wednesday morning.
Two of the written messages were addressed to Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez and the couple’s four-year-old child, Avielle.
Sources close to the case told the Daily Mail that the third note was written to Hernandez’s gay lover, who has not been named but was believed to be the last person Hernandez had spoken to before he committed suicide.
The man is currently under “eyeball to eyeball” suicide watch.
The notes were found next to a Bible opened to John 3:16, the same verse that Hernandez wrote across his forehead.
The Bible verse stated: “For God loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
According to multiple reports, Hernandez was plotting his suicide for weeks.
The former NFL star gave away most of his belongings to fellow inmates and covered the floor of his cell in soap in case he lost his nerve, and wouldn’t be able to save himself as he would slip around.
“Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Henry N. Nields conducted an autopsy on Hernandez and concluded that the manner of death was suicide and caused by asphyxia by hanging,” Massachusetts District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr. announced in a statement on Thursday.
“An investigation by the State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office and Department of Correction investigators found cardboard jammed in the door of his single-inmate cell to impede entry into the cell. There were no signs of struggle, and investigators determined that Hernandez was alone at the time.”
The report added: “Hernandez was in his cell at about 8 p.m. and no one entered the cell until a correction officer observed him at 3:03 a.m. and forced his way through the door to render aid.”
Hernandez’s suicide occurred less than a week after he was acquitted of the murders of two men in Boston back in 2012. He was already serving life for the killing of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancé.
Christopher Fallon, the Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Communications of the Department of Correction in Massachusetts, issued a statement after Hernandez’s death.
“On April 19th, Aaron Hernandez was discovered hanged in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center at 3:05 a.m., lifesaving techniques were attempted on Hernandez and he was transported to UMASS Leominster where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m,” Fallon state.
Sources indicate that Hernandez had a violent reputation behind bars, including many fights with other prisoners, but he has never attempted suicide in the past.
Hernandez’s lawyer Jose Baez stated that he and Hernandez’s family believe that he was murdered.
The family announced they would donate his brain to research investigating how football injuries impact behavior.
However, the Boston Medical Examiner’s office is holding on to the brain — despite releasing the rest of the murderer’s remains to his family after the autopsy.
Efforts to donate the brain to the team at Boston University looking into chronic traumatic encephalopathy are being blocked, Hernandez family’s lawyer Jose Baez told reporters.
Baez thinks that Hernandez might have been suffering from CTE caused by football-related head injuries.
“We made arrangements for the Boston University CTE unit to take possession of Aaron’s brain,” Baez stated in a hastily convened press conference on the sidewalk outside the medical examiner’s office.
“It was agreed upon,” he said, adding that a team from the University was due to remove the brain on Thursday.
It was then reported that the man’s brain would be released to Boston University according to his family wishes.