Hernandez Left 3 Suicide Notes
'Please don't cry,' sources quote them as saying
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2017 6:13 AM CDT
Updated Apr 21, 2017 6:26 AM CDT
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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston on April 14, 2017.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool, File)
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(Newser) – Though a prison official initially said Aaron Hernandez left no suicide note, three notes were in fact found in his cell at Massachusetts' Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, reports the Boston Globe. A statement from Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. confirmed the handwritten notes were found next to a Bible in the cell following his death, ruled a suicide by the state medical examiner on Thursday. But a rep for Early wouldn't say to whom they had been written. Sources tell TMZ that one was addressed to the general public. However, sources tell CBS Boston that there was a note each for Hernandez's mother, fiancee, and 4-year-old daughter, reading, "I love you and please don't cry."

The investigation has found Hernandez was alone in his cell when he used a bed sheet to hang himself sometime after 8pm Tuesday, the last time he was checked by guards before being found dead around 3am. A lawyer for Hernandez says the former NFLer spoke to his fiancee on the phone until 8pm. The corrections officer who found Hernandez has apparently been "detached with pay" after admitting to missing a 2am check, per CBS Boston. It reports cardboard had been stuffed into the door tracks of Hernandez's cell and the floor made slick with soapy water, apparently to impede corrections officers. Hernandez had also written John 3:16 on his forehead and wall of his cell. Sources say he also carved an unknown word in his arm. There were no signs of a struggle, per Early's statement.

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