Aaron Josef Hernandez (November 6, 1989 – April 19, 2017) was an American football tight end. Hernandez played college football at the University of Florida, where he was a member of a BCS National Championship team and was recognized as an All-American. He was drafted into the National Football League (NFL) by the New England Patriots in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Hernandez was released by the Patriots in June 2013 immediately after his arrest for the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.
On August 22, 2013, Hernandez was indicted by a grand jury for the June 2013 murder of Lloyd. He was found guilty of first-degree murder in the Lloyd case, and sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center.
He was also indicted for the 2012 double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, but was acquitted in April 2017 in that case. On April 19, 2017, Hernandez was found hanging in his cell; his death was ruled a suicide.
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