Sports Ex-NFL star Hernandez's brain to be returned to family: state

08:21  21 april  2017
08:21  21 april  2017 Source:   Reuters

Hernandez's fiancee considering suing state over his suicide

  Hernandez's fiancee considering suing state over his suicide Hernandez's fiancee considering suing state over his suicideShayanna Jenkins-Hernandez on Friday filed papers in Bristol Superior Court saying she was contemplating a lawsuit over the supervision he received while in prison.

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By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts officials on Thursday were preparing to release the brain of New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to his family for scientific study the day after he was found hanged in his prison cell, a death investigators formally ruled a suicide. It remains.

FILE PHOTO - Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez and defense attorney Charles Rankin wait in the courtroom during the jury deliberation in his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River © REUTERS/CJ Gunther/Pool/File Photo FILE PHOTO - Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez and defense attorney Charles Rankin wait in the courtroom during the jury deliberation in his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River

Massachusetts officials on Thursday were preparing to release the brain of New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to his family for scientific study the day after he was found hanged in his prison cell, a death investigators formally ruled a suicide.

It remains unclear why the 27-year-old former National Football League player hanged himself early on Wednesday in the cell where he was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of an acquaintance. He did so less than a week after he was cleared of a separate double-murder charge.

Aaron Hernandez's Connecticut hometown prepares for funeral

  Aaron Hernandez's Connecticut hometown prepares for funeral BRISTOL, Conn. - Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez's Connecticut hometown is preparing to say farewell to him. A private funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday for the former New England Patriots tight end, who was found hanged in his cell in a maximum-security prison in Massachusetts last week. Hernandez was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder and had just been acquitted of a 2012 double murder. His death has been ruled a suicide.Services will be at a funeral home in Bristol. The burial will be private at an undisclosed location. © Provided by thecanadianpress.com Hernandez's family in a statement Saturday asked for privacy as they mourn.

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Authorities in Massachusetts say Aaron Hernandez ’ s brain is being turned over to university researchers now that they’ve ruled his death in prison a suicide. The Worcester County district attorney says the state ’s chief medical examiner had withheld some tissue samples from the ex - NFL star ’s

The district attorney investigating the death said Hernandez had been alone in his cell for seven hours by the time guards found his body at 3 a.m. (0700 GMT) on Wednesday, and noted that three handwritten notes were found near a Bible in his room.

Hernandez's family wants to donate his brain to Boston University's CTE center, his attorney Jose Baez said. The center studies chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition linked to the sort of repeated head hits common in football that can lead to aggression and dementia.

Baez earlier on Thursday accused the state of reneging on a deal to hand Hernandez's brain over along with his body.

"The family should be able to have the dignity of a proper service in the proper possession of Aaron's remains," Baez told reporters. Baez is conducting his own investigation into the death and said he was not yet satisfied that it was clearly a suicide.

Aaron Hernandez kills himself in prison

  Aaron Hernandez kills himself in prison Aaron Hernandez kills himself in prisonAccording to a statement for the DOC, the former New England Patriot star was discovered hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts at approximately 3:05 a.m.

BOSTON — The Latest on the apparent suicide in prison of ex - NFL star Aaron Hernandez (all times local) But Baez says the office has not returned the brain . He says the family will go to court if necessary and that it will be seeking an independent autopsy.

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the apparent suicide in prison of ex - NFL star Aaron Hernandez (all times local) Baez said Hernandez ' s family had arranged for Boston University to study the former tight end' s brain as part of its concussion research.

Hernandez had a $41 million NFL contract when he was arrested at his home in June 2013 and charged with murder. Prosecution witnesses at his two trials painted a picture of a troubled man with a history of drug use and paranoid tendencies.

The District Attorney for Worcester County, the site of the prison where Hernandez died, on Thursday said Hernandez's official cause of death was asphyxia by hanging.

"There were no signs of a struggle, and investigators determined that Mr. Hernandez was alone at the time of the hanging," Joseph Early said.

Baez declined to answer questions on Hernandez's mental state prior to his suicide and dismissed as "ridiculous" local media reports citing unnamed law enforcement sources that Hernandez was found with a reference to a Bible verse written on his forehead.

Hernandez was heavily tattooed and during his most recent trial jurors saw photos of two designs that depicted guns and one that read "God forgives" when viewed with a mirror.

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Andrew Hay)

Aaron Hernandez had gang ties in prison? .
There are many questions surrounding the unexpected death of Aaron Hernandez, and most of them will likely go unanswered. One of those questions involves whether or not Hernandez was affiliated with a gang while in prison, and it’s one that has come up many times since he was taken into custody for the murder of Odin Lloyd. While it’s unclear if Hernandez belonged to a gang at the maximum security prison he was being held at in Shirley, Mass., one source told the Boston Globe that the former New England Patriot was “insecure” and stayed close to gang members. A person with direct knowledge who spoke on condition of anonymity said that while many observers of Hernandez’s recent trial remarked on his stoic demeanor, within prison walls he was insecure and clung to gang members for approval. He was not aloof with other inmates, this person said. Instead, he appeared eager to be “one of the boys.” He often sat and laughed or played basketball with gang members. The same source told the Globe that Hernandez was placed on suicide watch after he was convicted in 2015 of killing Lloyd, but he must have been taken off at some point. Prison officials said Wednesday that Hernandez had given no indication he intended to harm himself. Jail officials inspected Hernandez for tattoos that would indicate he was affiliated with gangs as soon as he was sentenced, but they didn’t find anything. However, the 27-year-old later got a tattoo that seemed to indicate he was associated with the Bloods. Hernandez’s attorney insists his client would not take his own life, and he is launching an investigation to look into the death further.

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