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There is a bit more to the apparent suicide of ex-superstar athlete Aaron Hernandez. Reports now explain that it appears he had been planning the suicide for weeks, and inside the cell authorities found three handwritten notes next to a Bible that was open to John 3:16, and the former star football player had also covered the floor of his cell in soap so that he if he lost his nerve he wouldn’t be able to save himself.
The Daily Mail is reporting that three handwritten notes were discovered in the cell where Hernandez hanged himself, leading investigators to officially declare his death a suicide.
The notes were discovered next to a Bible opened to John 3:16, the same verse that Hernandez had written across his forehead in marker.
That verse reads: ‘For God so 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 the Daily Mail’s sources, it was also reported that Hernandez had been planning to take his life for several weeks.
The former football star even gave away most of his personal belongings to fellow inmates and covered the floor of his cell in soap, according to a well-paced source. If he lost his nerve he wouldn’t be able to save himself as he would slip around and not be able to land firmly on his feet, read the report.
‘Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Henry N. Nields performed an autopsy on Mr. Hernandez on Wednesday and concluded today that the manner of death was suicide and the cause asphyxia by hanging,’ stated Massachusetts District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr. in a statement on Thursday, said the Daily Mail.
‘An investigation into the death by the State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office and Department of Correction investigators found cardboard jammed into the door tracks of his single-inmate cell to impede entry into the cell.’
‘There were no signs of a struggle, and investigators determined that Mr. Hernandez was alone at the time of the hanging,’ said the report.
‘Mr. Hernandez was locked in his cell 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 impeded door to render aid.’
Hernandez’s death came less than a week after he was acquitted of the murders of two Boston men in 2012. He was already serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee, said the Daily Mail.
According to the Daily Mail, Hernandez’s former team, the New England Patriots, chose not to comment on the situation saying, “We are aware of the reports, but I don’t anticipate that we will be commenting today.’
Reports suggest that Hernandez had a violent record in prison, including many fights with other inmates, but he has never attempted suicide, said the Daily Mail.
According to the Daily Mail, Hernandez’s attorney Jose Baez is claiming that he and the family believe that the former football star was murdered, and did not commit suicide.
‘There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible,’ said Baez.
‘Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence.’
The family wants to donate his brain to the team leading research into how football injuries affect behavior, as previously reported by the Daily Mail.
But the Boston Medical Examiner’s office is holding on to the brain — despite releasing the rest of the convicted murderer’s body to his family following an autopsy.
Efforts to donate the brain to the Boston University team looking into chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) are being stymied, the Hernandez family’s lawyer Jose Baez told reporters after the Mail’s exclusive report.
Baez believes Hernandez may have been suffering from CTE caused by head injuries received during his football days.
‘We made arrangements for the Boston University CTE unit to take possession of Aaron’s brain,’ Baez said in a hastily convened press conference on the sidewalk outside the medical examiner’s office.
‘It was completely agreed upon,’ he added, saying a team from the university was due to remove the brain at 10 am on Thursday.
It was later reported that Hernandez’s brain would be released to Boston University per his family wishes,said the Daily Mail.