Aaron Hernandez Kills Himself In Prison, Officials Say

Aaron Hernandez Kills Himself In Prison, Officials Say

Just last week, Hernandez was acquitted of murder charges in the shooting deaths of two men in July 2012. The team visited the White House Wednesday afternoon to celebrate their victory in the Super Bowl.

Within a year of the prison's opening, a man convicted of killing a Rhode Island corrections officer stabbed the prison's superintendent with a sharpened piece of metal.

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, file photo, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez puts on a Super Bowl cap following the AFC Championship NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Foxborough, Mass. Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and just days ago was acquitted of a double murder, died after hanging himself in his prison cell Wednesday, April 19, 2017, MA prisons officials said.

Massachusetts state police have launched an investigation into Hernandez's death, which authorities say occurred early Wednesday at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts.

Hernandez hanged himself with a bedsheet that he had attached to his cell window and attempts to revive him were not successful, Fallon said.

"Once every two or three months a prisoner commits suicide in MA", said state Senator James Eldridge, whose district includes two prisons including the one where Hernandez died.

He died nearly exactly two years after he was sentenced to life without parole for murdering a semi-pro football player in 2013 and five days after he was acquitted of double murder in a separate Boston killing in 2012.

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Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn, who prosecuted Hernandez for the murder of Odin Lloyd, issued a statement saying, "This is a shocking and sad end to a very tragic series of events that has negatively impacted a number of families". Prosecutors said he gunned them down after one of them accidentally spilled a drink on him in a nightclub.

"I just think it got to him - the guilt", said Mixson Philip, 55. You've got a heart.

Miami Dolphins centre Mike Pouncey, a college teammate of Hernandez's, said on Instagram: "To my friend my brother!" Through thick and thin right or wrong we never left each other's side.

Friends were also grieving in CT, where Hernandez was raised.

In a sensational trial broadcast live on television, Simpson was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman in 1994 but is now in jail, convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping in 2008.

"We all can not believe it", said Alex Cugno, who grew up with Hernandez in Bristol. "That was a positive thing in our minds".

"I don't believe that he would have killed himself. It's fishy. It makes you wonder what really went on behind those walls in prison".

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