As you’ve likely heard by now, former New England Patriots tight end and convicted murderer Aaron Hernnadez was found dead in his prison cell this morning.
Hernandez was found guilty of murdering Odin Lloyd in 2015, but the news of his suicide came on the heels of Hernandez being acquitted for an alleged double murder.
While the 27-year-old was still serving a life sentence for Odin’s murder, the recent not guilty verdict significantly improved the chances that a pending appeals trial would work out in his favor.
The odd timing of the suicide has led to theories that Hernandez was murdered.
It may be quite some time before anything resembling a definitive answer takes shape, but in the meantime, new and disturbing details about the case continue to emerge.
WBZ Boston reported moments ago that Hernandez was found with “John 3:16” scrawled on his forehead in blood, an apparent reference to the oft-quoted Bible verse.
The verse, possibly the most famous in the Bible, 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.”
WBZ is also reporting that authorities are investigating the possibility that Hernandez was high on synthetic marijuana at the time of his suicide.
In another grim detail, Fox 25 in Boston is reporting that authorities who discovered Hernandez’s body found large amounts of blood smeared on the walls of his cell.
Prior to his arrest, Hernandez was considered one of the top tight ends in the NFL.
In 2011 and 2012, he and Rob Gronkowski made history as the only pair of tight ends to catch five touchdowns each in back-to-back seasons.
They repeated the feat in 2012, once again making history.
Before the start of the 2013 season, Hernandez was arrested by Boston police on suspicion of Odin’s murder.
He would never again be a free man.
As he had an appeal pending at the time of his passing, Hernandez technically died an innocent man in the eyes of the law.
Aaron Hernandez is survived by his 4-year-old daughter, Avielle Janelle Jenkins-Hernandez.