Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was linked to the Bloods street gang, new documents related to the NFL star’s suicide revealed Friday, according to the Associated Press.
The new death report lists the street gang under Hernandez’s gang profile and also mentions that he was disciplined for having gang paraphernalia. The official term used was “STG,” which stands for Security Threat Group, a term for gangs in prison.
Hernandez was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts. Days after he was acquitted in a 2012 double murder, Hernandez was found hanging from a bed sheet in his cell at the maximum-security prison on April 19.
After a request was made by the AP, Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. released the death report on Friday.
The same day, one of the suicide notes left behind by former NFL star was also released by prosecutors. In the note, which was addressed to his fiancée Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, Hernandez said she would be rich even after his death.
“You have always been my soul mate and I want you to live life and know I’m always with you,” the football player wrote. “I told you what was coming indirectly! I love you so much and know you are an angel- literally!
“Tell my story fully but never think anything besides how much I love you,” he continued. “This was the supremes, the almightys plan, not mine! I love you!
The noted ended with: “Let [redacted] know how much I love her! Look after [redacted] and [redacted] for me – those are my boys (YOURE RICH).”
Soon after his death, a judge ordered that the notes be released to the people they were addressed to. Reports say that the two other notes that Hernandez wrote before committing suicide were addressed to his daughter and another close friend in prison, with whom Hernandez was reported to be in an intimate relationship. His lawyer, however, said that reports of such physical relationship were untrue.
“Rumors of letters to a gay lover, in or out of prison, are false,” his lawyer Jose Baez said in a statement. “These are malicious leaks used to tarnish someone who is dead… Notwithstanding my unambiguous statement that there were no such letters, representatives, on behalf of an individual named Kyle Kennedy, continues to advise the media such a gay love letter exists.”
Some reports also said that the third letter was addressed to Baez himself.
According to Hernandez’s friends in prison, the news of his suicide came as a shock as he was very happy about his acquittal a few days earlier.
“Since Friday’s verdict he had been talking about the NFL and going back to play even if it wasn’t with the Pats,” an inmate friend was reported saying. “He talked about his daughter and spending time with her.”
On Thursday, Massachusetts State Police released an investigative report detailing the accounts of events after the death of former New England Patriots tight end. According to the report, the tracks of Hernandez’s cell door were jammed with cardboard to stop it from opening and shampoo was spilled across the prison floor to make it slippery.
After the prison officers arrived at his cell, they found him found hanging naked from a bed sheet tied around window bars. The 27-year-old’s right middle finger had a fresh cut and adjacent fingers had blood on them, the report stated.
Furthermore, “John 3:16” was written on Hernandez’s forehead and the prison walls. The Bible was open to John 3:16 that was highlighted with blood and placed under the drawings. The report also said the investigation to Hernandez was closed and his death was ruled out as a suicide. [/restrict]