Last respects for Aaron Hernandez

Hernandez suicide notes ordered released ahead of funeral

Loved ones of the former Bristol Central High School graduate were seen entering the funeral home Monday afternoon to pay their respects to Hernandez, reports ABC News. According toESPN, dozens of mourners arrived for for the invitation-only service in Hernandez's hometown of Bristol, Connecticut.

Officials reported three letters were found in Hernandez's cell; one for his fiancee, the other for his daughter. He says Early's office won't do so until the investigation into Hernandez's death is complete.

William Kennedy, a lawyer for the de Abreu and Furtado families, said he believes the families have a viable civil claim despite Hernandez's acquittal in criminal court.

Reportedly, he also wrote one of the three suicide letters to his prison boyfriend.

He was serving a sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole after being found guilty of that murder when he hanged himself, according to state officials.

However, Jose Baez, who represented Hernandez in his recent double murder trial in Boston, says those rumors are completely false. The cause of death is asphyxia caused by hanging. Under Massachusetts case law, defense attorneys can seek to have convictions vacated when a defendant dies before an appeal is heard.

Hernandez's family has requested for the incident to be a family and private matter.

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Aaron Hernandez's family and friends bid farewell to the former National Football League star at a private funeral Monday, and a judge ordered that three suicide notes he left be turned over to his fiancee by the time he is buried.

Aaron Hernandez's family plans to have his remains cremated after the ex-NFL star hanged himself in prison. As previously reported, the 27-year-old was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of semi-pro linebacker, Odin Lloyd.

Police closed Lincoln Avenue to traffic Monday morning and kept media crews off the property. The burial will be private at an undisclosed location Monday. Kennedy's lawyer later refused to comment on the alleged relationship between his client and Aaron Hernandez. Now that this investigation has been completed, Hernandez's brain will be released to Boston University's Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center, which is the wish of his family, the statement said.

A MA medical examiner later ruled Hernandez's death a suicide.



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