Three handwritten suicide notes were left behind by Aaron Hernandez in his Massachusetts jail cell on April 19, 2017, though only one of the notes had been previously made public. Those letters—to attorney Jose Baez, to Hernandez's fiancee Shayanna Jenkins, and to the former Patriots player's young daughter, Avielle Jenkins-Hernandez—are now being revealed in a book by Baez published Tuesday. The New York Post has them in full, along with annotations by Baez, starting with Hernandez's joke-sprinkled missive to him. "What's up, brotha?" Hernandez wrote to Baez in a note that seems more like everyday correspondence than a suicide letter, professing his "love and loyalty" to his lawyer and asking him for contact info for artists like Jay-Z and Meek Mill so he could write to them and thank them for the music that helped him get through challenging times.
Hernandez's letters to his fiancee and daughter aren't as cheerful, with Baez noting, "I don't believe he was in sound mind" when he penned them. "I love you so much and know [you] are an angel," Hernandez wrote to Jenkins. "Tell my story fully … [and] let Avi know how much I love her!" In all caps he added: "NOT MUCH TIME … I'M BEING CALLED." Finally, to daughter Avielle, now 5: "Daddy will never leave you! I'm entering to the timeless realm. … Never fear me, but love me with all of you! Fear is the only separation between you and I!" In an interview with the Boston Globe about his Hernandez biography, Unnecessary Roughness, Baez says, "I try my best to paint an accurate picture of him," though the Globe notes that "readers hoping to get a clearer picture of Hernandez will instead find themselves further confused about Hernandez's secret off-field life." Read more from the letters here.