When prison authorities discovered Aaron Hernandez’s body April 19, one of the first things they noticed was that Hernandez left multiple references to one specific biblical passage before committing suicide.
That was just one of the findings revealed in the state police report that was released by Worcester County district attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. this week. The report was put together by authorities in Massachusetts following the death of Hernandez, who killed himself while serving a life sentence at the Souza-Baranowski prison in Lancaster, Massachusetts.
According to the report, Hernandez was placed in his cell at 7:59 p.m. on April 18 and wasn’t seen again until an officer discovered his hanged body at 3:03 a.m. on April 19.
At first the officer wasn’t able to enter Hernandez’s cell because the former NFL tight end had put pieces of cardboard in the door tracks to prevent anyone from getting in. When the officer finally entered the room, he found Hernandez, who was naked, hanging from a bed sheet that was attached to the window bars in his call.
The report also noted that Hernandez had covered the floor in shampoo to make it more slippery. After his body was discovered, Hernandez was rushed to the hospital, but he never regained consciousness, and he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.
In their report, authorities noted that Hernandez made multiple references to the “John 3:16” biblical passage before committing suicide.
Not only was “John 3:16” written in red marker on Hernandez’s forehead, as was previously reported, but “John 3:16” was also written on the wall in his cell, with one difference: On the wall, the words were written in blood.
Hernandez also left several “drawings” on the wall that police didn’t describe in detail. Underneath the drawings, police found a Bible that was open to “John 3:16.” Authorities noted that the verse 16 was marked in blood.
If you’ve never read the popular Bible verse, it reads as follows:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
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SOURCE: CBS Sports, John Breech