The suicide of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez shocked the country. he was found dead in his cell on April 19, 2017. The suicide happened just days after Hernandez was acquitted of a pair of homicides.
His lawyer Jose Baez wrote a book on the case. “Unnecessary Roughness: Inside the Trial and Final Days of Aaron Hernandez” includes the suicide notes Hernandez wrote before hanging himself.
Hernandez wrote letters to Baez, his fiancé Shayanna Jenkins and his five-year-old daughter Avielle Jenkins-Hernandez. The New York Post released the letters in their entirety and excerpts from the book.
“Shay. You have always been my soul-mate and I want you to love life and know I’m always with you. I told you what was coming indirectly! I love you so much and know [you] are an angel. We split into two to come change the world! Your characteristic is that of a true angel and the definition of God’s love! Tell my story fully but never think anything besides how much I love you. This was the supreme almightys plan, not mine! I love you! Let Avi know how much I love her! Look after Jano and Eddie for me —they are my boys (You’re Rich). I KNEW I LOVED YOU = SAVAGE GARDEN. I love you all equally! We are all each other! Don’t shed one tear for I am with all of you and never wasn’t! do not go back to living while worshipping false idols in which I warned you about! IT’S TIME!!! The Real Life Forever,” Hernandez wrote to his fiancée.
“Avi. Daddy will never leave you! I’m entering to the timeless realm in which I can enter into any form at any time because everything that could happen or not happened I see all at once! Life is eternal—believe!!! Love, repent, and see me/yourself in everyone because that’s what the truth is! I’ll see you all in the heavens awaiting you all with the same love. Never fear me, but love me with all of you! Fear is the only separation between you and I! We are each other—I/you—you/me—there’s no need to fear but what you do unto another will come back around!” reads the letter Hernandez wrote to his daughter.
He also listed the books he probably read in prison, including “Power of Now,” “Conversations with God 1, 2, 3,” “Home with God,” and “Metu Neter.”
In his letter for the attorney, Hernandez asked Baez if he had connections to named in the music industry. This made Baez think that his client would never kill himself. “He talks about contacting artists in the future and that if I can’t help him, he’ll figure something out. It’s a sweet letter I’ll always cherish. That was the real Aaron,” Baez explained.