New details have emerged after the shocking suicide of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez.
Aaron Hernandez played college football at the University of Florida, where he was a member of a BCS National Championship team and was recognized as an All-American. He was drafted by NFL’s New England Patriots as the 15th pick in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Hernandez was convicted in April 2015 for shooting and killing his friend, Odin Lloyd. On Wednesday, a correction officer found the 27-year-old’s limp body in his cell after hanging himself. The officer tried to resuscitate him. Hernandez was then rushed to UMass Leominster hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.
Serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for murder, details suggest that Hernandez had killed Lloyd to conceal his bisexuality and that he had a gay lover in prison up until his death.
He was convicted in April 2015 for shooting and killing his friend, Odin Lloyd, seemingly without motive. But interviews with multiple law enforcement officials directly involved in the case say Lloyd—a semipro football player who was dating Hernandez’s fiance’s sister at the time—had information the football star did not want out: that he was bisexual.
One of the notes left by Hernandez was to his prison boyfriend, who is now on 24/7 suicide watch, multiple law enforcement sources confirm. Hernandez’s sexuality would, of course, not be relevant save for the fact that an intimate relationship he allegedly had with a male former high school classmate was at the center of the investigation into Lloyd’s murder.
These details are heartbreaking and show the horrible ripple affects homophobia still have in society today.
Aaron Hernandez’s alleged longtime male lover, the high school friend, was interviewed by authorities after Lloyd’s murder and forced to testify in front of a grand jury. Shortly before his arrest, Hernandez moved a large amount of money into three accounts: one for his fiancée; a second for his daughter; the third, where the most money was moved, was for that friend.