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Murder Victim's Father Takes No Joy In Aaron Hernandez's Death

Murder Victim's Father Takes No Joy In Aaron Hernandez's Death

Days before his death in prison, Aaron Hernandez was acquitted in the murders of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu in Boston's South End in 2012.

Also calling for an investigation into Hernandez's death is State Sen.

Last week, Hernandez was acquitted in the 2012 drive-by shootings of two men in Boston. As a Christian man, Furtado reacted to Hernandez's suicide by saying only God should decide who can die.

John M. Thompson, the attorney handling Hernandez's appeal in the 2013 murder case, also said Hernandez's death should be "carefully and thoroughly investigated". The Patriots took a chance and selected him midway through the fourth round in 2010. "We got a commitment from the Patriots that before any of that payment would be made they would notify the court to give us a chance to deal with that".

But Borges says Hernandez's troubles began well before the violence he was surrounded by during his years in college and professional football.

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Legally speaking, Aaron Hernandez may have become a free man in his death. He was not charged in the 2012 killings until 2014.

"It will turn on a question of the interpretation of the player's contract as well as the contract with the Patriots as to whether or not that money is in fact due to him", Massachusetts School of Law Dean Michael Coyne said. In 2003, the child molestation conviction of a former Roman Catholic priest was vacated after he was killed in prison.

MA state police has launched an investigation into the circumstances around Hernandez's death. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death, the Worcester County district attorney's office said.

Hernandez, 27, hanged himself in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley.

One of Hernandez' lawyers, Juan Baez, said in a statement released to USA TODAY Sports and other media outlets that the family is heartbroken and are requesting a "transparent and thorough investigation".

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The New England Patriots learned of former tight end Aaron Hernandez's apparent suicide as they prepared to go to the White House to celebrate their fifth Super Bowl title.

A MA prisons spokesman says he's not aware of any suicide note written by Aaron Hernandez before the former New England Patriots star hanged himself in his cell, but stresses that the investigation is ongoing.

Hernandez's arrest cut short what had been a promising football career burgeoning on stardom, beginning in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut.

An official with the Massachusetts Department of Corrections says Hernandez was found hanged in his cell just after 3 a.m. Wednesday. He attempted to block the door of his cell from the inside by "jamming the door with various items", authorities added.

He was pronounced dead about an hour later at UMass-Memorial Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster, according to a statement from the Massachusetts Department of Correction.

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Hernandez was acquitted Friday in the 2012 double murder that prosecutors said was fuelled by his anger over a spilled drink.


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