At one point Aaron Hernandez was the New England Patriots number two tight-end behind NFL superstar Rob Gronkowski.
Before he caught several murder charges, Aaron was poised to not only be an NFL Pro Bowl player, but he was also an integral part of a championship chasing Patriots team.
The NFL star fell from grace as the world looked on, when he was convicted of the heinous crime of murdering his own boy and future brother-in-law, Odin Loyd. Later, he was acquitted of a double murder after he supposedly shot to guys for spilling his drink.
Earlier today (April 19), Aaron Hernandez was hanged himself in cell at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts. Ironically Aaron’s death came on the same day his former teammates are hitting the White House to celebrate their most recent Super Bowl win.
Life behind the walls can be overwhelming.
Statistically suicide in prison affects 15 out of every 100,000 inmates and the number has been rising about 3% each year.
Even though all prisons having suicide prevention teams, it seems that these deaths occur when those teams are either off-duty or off-site.
Ultimately the responsibility for the welfare of inmates rests on the shoulders of the guards because they have more insight and intimate knowledge of what is happening within those prison walls.
The family has called for an immediate probe in Aaron’s death, as they should.
His terrible decisions to play with the streets even though he had millions of dollars to spare, cost him his own life, and although it may be tough, some sympathy should be shown to former football standout too.
Aaron is showing you in real life, that money aint a thing, your mental health is.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offered its condolences to his family, friends.
“While his trial might have been related to his death, it was not the only cause. There is never a single cause for suicide” – The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on Aaron Hernandez’ death.
“Suicide is the result of many factors that come together such as an underlying mental health condition and access to lethal means. Suicidal individuals generally experience feelings of hopelessness, pain and despair. We must do more to prevent such tragic deaths through greater awareness of mental health issues, common warning signs, and effective interventions and treatments.”