One of the three handwritten notes Aaron Hernandez left behind before hanging himself in his single cell was reportedly for his gay prison lover.
Although the existence of the notes was made public by prison officials Thursday, the Daily Mail is citing a “source close to the investigation” that one note was penned to a gay lover at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass.
The other two notes, according to the report, were written by the former Patriots tight end to fiancée Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez and their 4-year-old daughter Avielle.
The notes were found next to a Bible opened to John 3:16. It was the same Bible verse that the convicted murderer had written on his forehead with a red marker, per Boston’s Fox25.
Hernandez’s gay lover is not identified in the Daily Mail exclusive, but he is reportedly on “eyeball to eyeball” suicide watch.
Hernandez, 27, the former Patriots star, was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. The ex-NFL player had also been charged in a 2012 double-murder, but was found not guilty of the crime just five days before he hanged himself using a bedsheet early Wednesday morning.
An autopsy performed on Hernandez’s body confirmed suicide — asphyxia by hanging — as the cause of death.
Citing a “well-placed” source, the Daily Mail also reports that Hernandez had covered the floor of his cell in soap in case he lost his nerve when trying to hang himself. He reportedly also gave away most of his personal belongings leading up to his Wednesday suicide.
Hernandez’s lawyer, Ronald Sullivan, told the Boston Globe that the convicted killer had a telephone conversation with Jenkins-Hernandez about seven hours before his body was found. The Daily Mail’s report suggests his gay lover was then the last person he spoke to before taking his own life.