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Hernandez Family Believes Death Was Not Suicide

| by Alex Scarr
Former New England Patriots Player Aaron HernandezFormer New England Patriots Player Aaron Hernandez

Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez's girlfriend Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez filed a court motion against the Department of Corrections in Maryland to prevent it from destroying any evidence that may prove Hernandez's death was not suicide.

Jenkins-Hernandez filed the motion April 21 to ensure that video and audio recordings, medical records or handwritten notes would be preserved for family lawyers to conduct an investigation, reports South Coast Today.

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Court documents state that defendants and prison officials be “preliminarily and permanently enjoined from altering, discarding or destroying the following: all documents, records, logs, video and audio recordings, physical materials, writings, and other evidence potentially relevant to the death of Aaron Hernandez."

Hernandez's death has officially been ruled a suicide, but those close to him, particularly his lawyer, Jose Baez, have expressed their doubts.

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"We are shocked and surprised at the news of Aaron’s death," Baez told TMZ. "There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated this scenario was a possibility."

Prison officials found Hernandez hanging from a bed sheet in his single-man cell at 3 a.m. April 19. He was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence," Baez said. "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 for the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013. Just days before his death, Hernandez was acquitted in the murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, reports Inquisitr. The verdict in the Lloyd trial was under appeal.

Hernandez was found with the words "John 3:16" written on his forehead, an allusion to a Bible verse that describes the sacrifice of Jesus for the sins of humanity. He also pushed several objects against the door, and wet the floor with soapy water to ensure he could not change his mind, according to WBZ.

CNN is also reporting that the Worcester County District Attorney said three handwritten notes were found in Hernandez's cell, although it was not immediately clear what those notes said.

"We request that authorities conduct a transparent and thorough investigation. The Baez law firm will participate in its own examination into the tragic events and will update the media and public on its finding when it becomes available," Baez told TMZ.

"Absolutely no chance he took his own life," wrote former agent Brian Murphy on Twitter. "Chico was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life."

Sources: South Coast Today, WBZ, TMZ, Inquisitr, CNN / Photo credit: Jeffrey Beal/Flickr

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