New details about Aaron Hernandez's suicide reveal that the former NFL player had a Bible verse written on his forehead prior to hanging himself.
Hernandez was found dead in his jail cell on April 19, The Inquisitr reported. According to Fox reporter Bob Ward from Boston, Hernandez had written "John 3:16" in blood across his forehead with a red marker.
“Source: Aaron Hernandez found w/ ‘John 3:16’ written in blood on his forehead, open Bible in his cell,” Ward tweeted. He later clarified that the message was "found on [Hernandez's] forehead written in red blood marker, not blood."
John 3:16 is one of the most widely quoted verses from the Bible, according to CNN Belief Blog. It says: “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
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Souza-Baranowski prison officials confirmed that Hernandez tied one end of his bed sheet to a window in a cell and hung himself with the other end of the sheet, ABC News reported. Officers found him hanging in his cell at approximately 3:05 a.m.
Hernandez's lawyer, Jose Baez, told reporters there were “no conversations or correspondence to his family or legal team” that would have suggested the former NFL Patriot was contemplating suicide.
However, Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports said there were some slight changes in Hernandez's behavior recently.
“Hernandez began to talk more," Wetzel wrote. "Talk to whomever was around him -- lawyers and court officers and courthouse workers and the few confidants who dared to show their faces.”
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Wetzel added that Hernandez had no supporters, except for his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez.
“He was all, all alone. He talked about it. And tried to laugh about it," Wetzel wrote. "At least he had the Department of Corrections, [or] he’d crack. At least the court officers would stand by him, he’d say with a smile. They’d never leave him. At least he had his attorneys, he’d joke. At the beginning and end of every day of court, he’d hug them, kiss them, act like he was a long-lost brother, not billable hours they’d booked the night before.”
Byron Barnett, reporter for WHDH in Boston, stated that Shayanna spoke with Hernandez the day before he was found dead.
"Just spoke 2 someone who talked 2 [Hernandez] last night," Barnett tweeted. "Says he was looking forward 2 seeing Shayanna & daughter in next visit."