The relatives and friends of former New England Patriots Aaron Hernandez were present at the final farewell he was offered at a funeral. Privately held today in Bristol (Connecticut), his hometown.
Given the private nature of the ceremony, dozens of people came by invitation to give the final farewell to the star of the National Football League (NFL) of Puerto Rican descent.
In front of the attendants were their relatives, headed by the mother of Hernandez, his brother, the betrothed and ex-companions of the deceased when he played at the University of Florida and the Patriots as a professional.
Michael Baden, a prominent coroner hired by the Hernandez family to perform an independent autopsy and his wife were among those attending the funeral.
Also present was a lawyer from the team of lawyers who attended throughout the legal case in which Hernandez was involved and that it cost him to be sentenced to life imprisonment when being found guilty of the murder of Odin Lloyd, player of a minor league of American football Who was dating Jenkins Hernandez’s sister in 2013.
Hernandez hanged himself in his cell at a maximum security prison in Massachusetts last Wednesday when he hung up the sheets in his bed.
Days earlier, he had been exonerated for the murders of two other men in Boston in 2012, in what was Hernandez’s first legal victory and which gave hope to his team of lawyers to work on the appeal of the conviction and to try To get a new trial.
Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, the ex-wife’s fiancé, had asked a judge Monday to provide copies of the three notes Hernandez left next to a Bible before committing suicide.
A lawyer for Jenkins Hernandez said the prosecutor had refused to hand the letters to the woman or any other relatives until the death investigation was completed.
However, a judge ruled that the office of Joseph D. Early Jr., the Worcester district attorney, may delete certain information from the messages before delivering the copies, so as not to compromise the open investigation process.
Once the Massachusetts coroner determined that it was a suicide, Hernandez’s brain was donated to Boston University, where scientists will study it for any signs of brain damage he suffered during his years as a player.
In addition, a judge ordered Friday to keep all evidence of his suicide, a family petition that allows them to investigate the circumstances of his death.