The families of Aaron Hernandez's three alleged victims say they'll keep trying to get their share of his National Football League millions. Kennedy says the lawsuits will go forward, but will now be against Hernandez's estate.
"I wanted him to suffer in jail", he said as he stood outside the Dorchester home of Furtado's mother. He said despite Hernandez's acquittal in criminal court last week, the families still plan to try to hold Hernandez accountable for the killings in civil court. In an email statement to the Boston Globe, a team spokesperson said they are aware of the former player's death. In federal prisons, 9 per 100,000 inmates ended their own lives.
There were no prior concerns that Hernandez was suicidal, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Correction told ABC News. One of those steps was to install clothing hooks that collapse if a significant amount of weight is placed on them. As a Christian man, Furtado reacted to Hernandez's suicide by saying only God should decide who can die.
"I wasn't surprised, but I was relieved", said his attorney, Jose Baez, to People.
The circumstances surrounding Hernandez's death are suspicious.
Not since O.J. Simpson has there been a more polarizing figure in professional football than Aaron Hernandez.
Yet 10 months later, in 2013, with the discovery of the body of a friend who had been shot multiple times, Hernandez's life began a dramatic spiral downward. Hernandez, 27, was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to a statement released by the DOC. Because he had not exhausted his appeals, the murder conviction will be vacated under a MA legal principle that dates to pre-Revolutionary War times.
Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2013 death of Odin Lloyd. A Bible opened to that verse was found in his cell.
Friends also were grieving in CT, where Hernandez was raised.
Baez requested authorities conduct a "transparent and thorough investigation" and said his law firm will launch its own examination of Hernandez's death. The department says corrections officers attempted lifesaving techniques, but to no avail. An autopsy will be performed by the medical examiner's office in Boston to determine his cause and manner of death, according to the Worcester District Attorney's Office. Some of Hernandez's representatives believe his death wasn't a suicide.
Hernandez's death came hours before his former teammates visited the White House to celebrate their historic Super Bowl victory. It's also possible the markings had a meaning that we'll never know, because Hernandez didn't leave a note behind.
The apparent prison-cell suicide of convicted killer and disgraced New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has triggered numerous calls for probes, while a Jamaica Plain juror who voted to acquit the ex-NFL star less than a week ago was stunned by the news.