Aaron Hernandez had his whole life ahead of him. He was a 27-year-old professional football player for the New England Patriots, and he helped his team win the Super Bowl LI championship. He was at the height of his career, but he was in the pits behind the scenes. In 2015, the tight end was tried and convicted of first-degree murder, which meant that he killed his victim on purpose. "Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Odin L. Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins," an article from The New York Times states. He murdered Lloyd because the man was being friendly with his enemies.
Hernandez's motive was supposedly driven by rage, but his temper had been a problem from the start.
Before his rise to stardom, the young professional had grown up "in a tough neighborhood in Bristol, Conn." He found his outlet within the sports realm, but trouble followed him throughout the years. When he was playing in college, for example, he was involved in physical altercations and drug usage. However, he still had a shot at fame and fortune, and the NFL took a chance on the talented athlete. He rarely got a chance to shine.
Not only was he accused of killing Lloyd, he was also acquitted of a fatal "drive-by shooting just last Friday." The judge and jury rendered a much different verdict for his involvement with Lloyd's death, though. After his trial, he was sentenced to one of America's dangerous correctional facilities: The Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center.
He was later found in his cell hanging from the ceiling.
People were in disbelief, especially his loved ones. His friend, who goes by the Twitter handle Brian Murphy, believed Hernandez died of anything but suicide. "Absolutely no chance he took his own life. Chico was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life," he tweets. Regardless of the autopsy report, Hernandez passed away a long time ago.
Absolutely no chance he took his own life. Chico was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life.— Brian Murphy (@A1Murph) April 19, 2017
May the families and friends of the deceased find their peace.