Former New England Patriot and convicted murderer, Aaron Hernandez, committed suicide last week in his prison cell, according to authorities. A judge has ordered that Aaron Hernandez’s suicide notes will be released to his family before his burial on Monday.
The Massachusetts judge, Thomas McGuire, ordered that any notes relating to his suicide should be in possession of his family. After finding him hanging by a bed sheet in his cell, 3 hand-written notes and a Bible were retrieved. Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in June 2013. Hernandez’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, filed a motion to retrieve the notes left in the prison cell. The motion was filed after the district attorney refused the release of the letter to the family.
The district attorney was granted permission to remove parts of the note that may interfere with the impending investigation. Jenkins- Hernandez’s attorney, George Leontire, told the court that the note would provide closure for the family. He stated:
“The family desperately needed closure that the suicide notes would provide. The family has the right, during this grieving process, to know their loved one’s final thoughts”
The suicide came as a surprise to the public, after Hernandez was found not guilty of a 2012 drive-by shooting. Jenkins-Hernandez filed a motion to preserve all of the evidence surrounding her fiancées death. The motion is intended to stop the state from destroying evidence concerning the alleged suicide. This includes writings, documents, and video. The motion explains that the plaintiff “intends to investigate all of the circumstances regarding Aaron Hernandez’s death.”
Aaron Hernandez’s brain will be donated to science by his family, who believe it could be beneficial to study about possible brain trauma.