BOSTON – When corrections officers found Aaron Hernandez hanging from a bed sheet in his Massachusetts prison cell on Wednesday, the Scripture verse “John 3:16” was written on his forehead and the wall, according to reports.
The words were written with a red marker and a Bible was left open to the passage, sources told Fox 25. The verse says: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Other than implications from the presence of the verse from Scripture, and the open Bible, there was no suicide note found. People close to Hernandez did not believe he was suicidal.
“There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible,” said his attorney, Jose Baez. “Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence. Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death.”
Hernandez was serving a life sentence in the murder of Odin Lloyd. A lawyer who represents Lloyd’s mother said she’s moving forward with a wrongful-death lawsuit against Hernandez’s estate, which includes a home valued at $1.3 million.
In the Dorchester neighborhood where Lloyd grew up, a family friend of the victim wondered if Hernandez could no longer bear the weight of his crime and his squandered potential, reported Fox News.
“I just think it got to him — the guilt,” Mixson Philip said. “Each man has to live with himself. You can put on an act like nothing happened, but you’ve got a soul. You’ve got a heart.”