Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, who was serving life without parole for murder, committed suicide Wednesday morning in his cell, the Massachusetts Department of Correction said in a statement. He was found at 3:05 a.m. hanged in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Massachusetts. Corrections officers attempted to revive him, but he was pronounced dead about an hour later.
Just a few years ago, Hernandez was one of the best tight ends in the NFL. Alongside Rob Gronkowski and receiving passes from Tom Brady, this team had tremendous potential. While New England has been extremely successful without him, no one will ever know what could have been if Hernandez stayed on the right track.
Hernandez was sentenced in 2013 as responsible for the shooting of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. He was acquitted last week of two other murders that occurred in 2012. While he was acquitted of these charges, he still was serving a life in prison sentence with no parole.
The New England Patriots, who are visiting the White House today, have not released a statement yet.
There is still a lot of ambiguity surrounding this situation. Some have speculated that there is more to this than just a suicide. The investigation is ongoing, and there will likely be much more news surrounding this topic in the near future.