Ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez commits suicide in prison cell.
Corrections officers at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusettes, found Hernandez hanged in his cell around 3:05 a.m., according to Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Communications Christopher Fallon.
He was transported to the University of Massachusettes Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.
Hernadez was in a single-person cell in general housing, the DOC said in a statement to media. He used a bed sheet attached to a cell window after attempting to “block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items,” the report states.
Massachusettes State Police are investigating.
Hernandez was acquitted of two counts of first-degree murder on Friday, following six days of jury deliberations that lasted more than 40 hours, the Associated Press reports. The jury also acquitted Hernandez, 27, of having allegedly shot Alexander Bradley, the prosecution’s key witness.
Suffolk (Mass.) District Attorney Daniel Conley told the AP that the victims’ families were devastated by the verdicts, as well as by the defense’s portrayal of the men as “gang bangers” and “drug dealers.”
“These were two hard-working, humble, Cape Verdean immigrants,” Conley said. “It was unnecessary, and it was wrong, and it shouldn’t have been done.”
Hernandez had been accused of shooting de Abreu and Furtado in Boston on July 2012, over an alleged nightclub altercation witnessed by Bradley, Hernandez’s former friend and marijuana supplier.