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20 April 2017, 05:16 | Justin Tyler
Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. "That was a positive thing in our minds", said Alex Cugno, who grew up with Hernandez in Bristol.
Hernandez's former agent, Brian Murphy, tweeted on Wednesday morning that there was "absolutely no chance" that he took his own life.
Hernandez was serving a life sentence without possibility of parole for the 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd. As a Christian man, Furtado reacted to Hernandez's suicide by saying only God should decide who can die.
But Borges says Hernandez's troubles began well before the violence he was surrounded by during his years in college and professional football. 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. Like most everything else associated with Aaron Hernandez, it will remain a mystery.
In addition, it could also mean his family gets money from the National Football League and his former team, the New England Patriots.
Through a translator, the father of Safiro Furtado told reporters that he took no joy in Hernandez's death. He was not charged in the 2012 killings until 2014. He says Hernandez's loved ones are "heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death".
The prison, built for $105 million, was hailed as the nation's most technologically advanced when it opened in 1998.
Hernandez was found by guards hanged with a bedsheet at about 3 a.m. Wednesday.
Aaron Hernandez's death means his murder conviction is likely to disappear.
Authorities say Hernandez was found hanging in his MA prison cell early Wednesday and was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Removing a conviction after the death of a high profile defendant has precedent in the state. In 2003, the child molestation conviction of a former Roman Catholic priest was vacated after he was killed in prison.
The Worcester County district attorney's office and the Correction Department were investigating, and Massachusetts' chief medical examiner was conducting an autopsy.
With the acquittal, Hernandez's attorneys had turned their attention toward appealing for a new trial in the Lloyd case. Quinn calls Hernandez's death "a shocking and sad end to a very tragic series of events that has negatively impacted a number of families".
Hernandez then became the first Gator to win the John Mackey Award, given annually to the NCAA's best tight end.
Stacey James, a spokesman for the Patriots, said the team was aware of the news but did not anticipate any comment. He was cut from the team shortly after he was arrested in Lloyd's killing in June 2013.
Last week, Hernandez was acquitted in the 2012 drive-by shootings of two men in Boston. According to published reports, he killed himself by tying a bed sheet to his window.
Friends also were grieving in CT, where Hernandez was raised. Otherwise, he would have been transferred to a mental health unit, Fallon said.
However, it's hard to portray Hernandez as a tragic figure, considering how much misery he inflicted on others, especially the Lloyd family, and those of de Abreu and Furtado, whom prosecutors still believe Hernandez killed.
"So he was acquitted, but two days later is Easter Sunday and he's in the same spot he was in before, so maybe for him the weight of that was too much to take".
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