Funeral under way for ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez


Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty Wednesday, May 28, 2014, to two counts of first-degree murder and other charges in the July 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

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A funeral is under way for ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who was convicted of murder in 2015 and who killed himself in his prison cell last week.

The private service for Hernandez, 27, is in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut.

The former tight end for the New England Patriots was found hanged in his cell early Wednesday morning. Authorities said he committed suicide. Three handwritten notes were found in the cell next to a Bible authorities said then.

Copies of Hernandez’s suicide notes were released Monday to his family, according to Paul Jarvey, a spokesman from the Worcester County district attorney’s office. The notes were of a personal nature, but not all were necessarily written to members of Hernandez’s family, Jarvey said.

A Massachusetts Superior Court Justice had ordered the notes released to Hernandez’s family in time for for his funeral services

Hernandez was a fourth-round draft pick in 2010 and signed a contract extension worth up to $40 million in 2012.

Less than a year later he was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to life without possibility of parole on April 15, 2015.

This month, he was acquitted of two other murders.

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