Aaron Hernandez wrote three suicide notes earlier than hanging himself in his jail cell final 12 months, a brand new guide has revealed.
The previous NFL star’s lawyer Jose Baez disclosed the contents of the notes addressed to his now five-year-old daughter Avielle Jenkins-Hernandez, fiancée Shayanna Jenkins, now 29, and Baez himself in Pointless Roughness: Contained in the Trial and Remaining Days of Aaron Hernandez, out Tuesday.
Baez and Hernandez met in 2016, when the then-26-year-old was serving a life sentence for the homicide of Odin Lloyd in 2013 and had simply been indicted for an earlier double-homicide.
The distinguished lawyer helped Hernandez win an acquittal in these murders on April 14, 2017, and was planning to enchantment the earlier conviction earlier than the athlete killed himself days afterward April 19 within the most safety jail.
Within the new guide out Tuesday, Baez chronicles his shopper’s ultimate 12 months, revealing that he had written three letters on the evening he died, which corrections officers present in his cell and launched to the supposed recipients.
Aaron Hernandez wrote three suicide notes on the evening earlier than he hanged himself in his jail cell in April 2017, in keeping with a brand new guide penned by his lawyer Jose Baez
One of many letters was addressed to Baez, one other to Hernandez’s fiancée Shayanna Jenkins and the third to his four-year-old daughter Avielle Jenkins-Hernandez
Baez particulars the contents of the letters in Pointless Roughness: Contained in the Trial and Remaining Days of Aaron Hernandez, which comes out on Tuesday
‘Nothing in [it] suggests Aaron was considering of killing himself,’ Baez mentioned of the letter addressed to him.
‘He talks about contacting artists sooner or later and that if I can not assist him, he’ll determine one thing out. It is a candy letter I am going to all the time cherish. That was the actual Aaron.’
Baez mentioned that the 2 different letters addressed to Shayanna and Avielle, which have been in the identical pocket book on the identical evening, have been much more grim than the one for him.
‘I don’t consider he was in sound thoughts in doing this,’ Baez mentioned of Hernandez’s notes to his daughter and fiancée.
‘I’ve blended feelings after I learn these notes. In a single context I’m studying them as his lawyer whereas investigating his demise, however in one other, he’s a younger man I knew, appreciated and cared about.’
Baez then references a mind scan which revealed that soccer star suffered from persistent traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after having taken innumerate blows to the top on the soccer subject.
‘He had a severe mind illness,’ Baez wrote. ‘We’d like extra consciousness of it, or we’re going to see extra suicides.’
The previous New England Patriots star employed Baez in 2016 when he was serving a life sentence for the homicide of Odin Lloyd in 2013 and had simply been indicted for an earlier double-homicide
Baez is pictured alongside Jenkins throughout a press convention asserting his plan to file a lawsuit in opposition to the NFL and the Patriots on behalf of the soccer star’s daughter in September
LETTER TO ATTORNEY JOSE BAEZ
What’s up, brotha?
- ‘Aaron usually addressed me as his brother. We had a really shut relationship. Once I met him I sat him down and mentioned: “I’m gonna be your lawyer, your priest, all these issues.” It was a big-brother kind of relationship. We might speak about life and the thing of life. I gave him recommendation. He was needing [it] on the time.’
Effectively, I wrote this letter following my acquittal and needed to voice how I felt and let some folks whos[e] music helped me get by way of laborious occasions, know that it did. Improper or proper — who is aware of — I simply observe my pure instincts and the way it guides me. Execs or cons, did not weigh them, however I am certain you may let me know your view. Moreover that, I need you to know you’ve gotten me ceaselessly such as you by no means understood and time will reveal that I am not excellent however my love and loyalty is such as you’ve by no means seen! I recognize all of your work, time, effort, and by no means let that slip your thoughts! In time, you will note how appreciated you’re, in addition to all of the others equally!
- ‘I consider he means all the opposite legal professionals on the staff. We gave the whole lot we needed to that case, labored all-nighters. He needed to tell us how a lot that meant to him.’
However always remember I’ll whoop your ass if you happen to get too loopy…haha! time.
- ‘That’s Aaron. He joked round on a regular basis.’
However we might seize a drink after. All jokes apart, I hope your son is properly and all of your family members!
I want a favor—If in case you have any contacts for any artists like Gates, Meek Mill, Ross, Jay, Recreation . . . and many others. Hernandez was referring to hip-hop artists Keith Gates, Rick Ross and Jay Z. ‘Keith Gates was a shopper of mine, however the others weren’t. Aaron beloved rap and hip-hop, and he used music to get by way of powerful occasions — and he had plenty of powerful occasions. This reveals [that] when he was scripting this notice that he was upbeat and constructive, that he was trying ahead to the long run. This corresponds with my final dialog with him, hours earlier than he handed.’
I want to ship you letters so you possibly can ship to their data or whichever approach you assume greatest. I do not need any media actually stepping into me, making an attempt to simply ship my like to all of the artists who obtained me by way of my powerful occasions and sending my respect to a couple of the actual ones on the market. So I feel that is the perfect concept by way of you. It is one thing I’ve to do and I might recognize if you happen to might do this for me, if potential! If not, I am going to determine one thing out. Effectively, get at me, love ya brother!
Hernandez and fiancée Jenkins, now 29, share a kiss in an undated Fb photograph
LETTER TO FIANCEE SHAYANNA JENKINS
- ‘Everybody referred to as Shayanna “Shay,” however Aaron nearly by no means did. He often referred to as her “child” or “babe”.’
You’ve all the time been my soul-mate and I need you to like life and know I’m all the time with you. I informed you what was coming not directly! I really like you a lot and know [you] are an angel. We cut up into two to return change the world! Your attribute is that of a real angel and the definition of God’s love! Inform my story absolutely however by no means assume something moreover how a lot I really like you. This was the supreme almightys plan, not mine! I really like you! Let Avi know the way a lot I really like her! Take care of Jano and Eddie for me —they’re my boys (You’re Wealthy).
- ‘[Jano and Eddie] are his cousin’s younger youngsters. Their mom handed away, and Aaron needed to take care of them. Sadly he was in jail, so he requested Shay to take care of them. I don’t know what [“You’re Rich”] refers to.’
I KNEW I LOVED YOU = SAVAGE GARDEN
- ‘This was Aaron and Shay’s track. It was very significant to him.’
NOT MUCH TIME
I’M BEING CALLED!
- ‘[Hernandez] appears like a person who had accepted his destiny. It is as if he noticed the angel of demise at his door,’ Baez mentioned of the three strains written in block letters on the third web page of the notice.
- ‘”For God so beloved the world that he gave his one and solely Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish however have everlasting life.”‘
I really like you all equally! We’re all one another! Don’t shed one tear for I’m with all of you and by no means wasn’t! don’t return to dwelling whereas worshipping false idols wherein I warned you about!
The Actual Dwell Eternally
- ‘On the underside of [the fourth] web page is a drawing that resembles a skinny rope dangling from a noose.’
Hernandez and Jenkins’ are pictured whereas she was pregnant with their daughter Avielle
Within the suicide notice addressed to daughter Avielle, Hernandez tells the now-five-year-old: ‘Daddy won’t ever depart you! I’m coming into to the timeless realm’
LETTER TO DAUGHTER AVIELLE JENKINS-HERNANDEZ
Daddy won’t ever depart you! I’m coming into to the timeless realm wherein I can enter into any kind at any time as a result of the whole lot that might occur or not occurred I see suddenly! Life is everlasting—consider!!! Love, repent, and see me/your self in everybody as a result of that’s what the reality is! I’ll see you all within the heavens awaiting you all with the identical love. By no means concern me, however love me with all of you! Concern is the one separation between you and I! We’re one another—I/you—you/me—there’s no have to concern however what you do unto one other will come again round!
Energy of Now
Conversations with God 1, 2, 3
Dwelling with God
Anuk Ausar ‘Metu Neter’
- ‘These are books that I’m guessing meant one thing to him throughout his time in jail. It’s not unusual for individuals who undergo laborious occasions to succeed in again into their religion. And he had individuals who supported him in his religion and [sent] books to him. He ordered books from the library.’
For confidential help, contact the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255 or go to their web site
AARON HERNANDEZ HAD CTE WHEN HE COMMITTED SUICIDE
The neuroscientist who analyzed Aaron Hernandez’s mind discovered he suffered the worst case of CTE ever seen in somebody so younger, with extreme injury to areas that have an effect on reminiscence, impulse management and habits.
The 27-year-old former New England Patriots participant killed himself in April 2017 whereas serving life in jail for homicide.
In September, Dr Ann McKee of the CTE Heart at Boston College posthumously identified Hernandez with persistent traumatic encephalopathy, a football-linked illness that causes dementia and aggression.
She formally offered her findings a month later, and confirmed that she had by no means encountered such excessive degradation in a younger mind, stating areas of extreme tissue injury and microbleeds probably brought on by blows to the top.
In addition they discovered a variant of the APOE gene, which has been linked to elevated danger of Alzheimer’s, however the scientists emphasised that no gene might inflict the identical injury as years of heavy influence from tackling.
Dr McKee says she couldn’t say for sure that Hernandez’s felony and suicidal acts have been a results of his extreme case of CTE, nor whether or not different 27-year-old gamers might plausibly have the identical pathology. However she says Hernandez suffered substantial injury to a number of necessary areas, together with the frontal lobe.
‘On this age group, he is clearly on the extreme finish of the spectrum,’ McKee mentioned.
Formally, Hernandez had just one concussion throughout his taking part in profession.
– Mia De Graaf, Well being Editor