Despite being acquitted on murder charges last week, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez decided to end his life this morning.
Hernandez was found hanged on Wednesday morning in a Massachusetts prison where he was serving a life sentence for his role in the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.
Hernandez, 27, “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.
“Lifesaving techniques were attempted on Mr. Hernandez and he was transported to UMASS Leominster, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. by a physician at the hospital.
“Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in general population housing. Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window. Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.
“The Massachusetts State Police are on scene and the investigation continues. Mr. Hernandez’s next of kin have been notified.”
Some will say that some sort of karma was at work here. Having covered this case and Hernandez’s career dating back to his time as a Florida Gator, for other situations, it’s always been observed that Aaron Hernandez was a troubled young man that needed help.
His actions were his own and he deserved the punishments that he received.
But we should never lose sight of how this situation can help identify the next kid that grows up rough and whose actions scream “I need help.”
Money, prestige and being placed on a pedestal is not always the answer and today a little girl will be faced with the news that she lost her father…twice.