Gone just like that

A potential NFL star goes down the wrong path.

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Aaron Hernandez gone too soon. R.I.P

Aaron Hernandez gone too soon. R.I.P

Aaron Hernandez gone too soon. R.I.P

Andreas Sladojevic, Staff Writer

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On April 19, Aaron Hernandez, former New England Patriots tight end, committed suicide in his prison cell. He was serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd and days before his death, was acquitted of a double murder charge. Guards at the Souza- Baranowski Correctional Center found Hernandez unresponsive at 3 a.m. after hanging himself. He was only 27 years old.

Hernandez was a star at the University of Florida who dropped to the fourth round because of behavior issues in college. He had a promising future he just had to get his act together and stay out of trouble. He got to the NFL and played for the New England Patriots from 2010 to 2012, before the released him after he was arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd. During his second season he caught 79 passes for 910 yards and seven touchdowns, earning himself a five-year, $40 million contract extension. So how did such a talented and promising young man find himself in prison, and eventually dead?

Hernandez may have had a lot of talent that many coaches and scouts loved, but he has always caused a lot of trouble. At the University of Florida, he struggled through drug use and reckless behavior, causing him to slip in the draft. After several years in New England, the Pats organization worried about Hernandez as he associated with hometown criminals that he had gotten close with. Bill Belichick even said he feared for Hernandez’s life and not long after he was charged with murder. After spending a few years in prison, two more murders came up and all signs were pointing towards Hernandez again. Just a few days before his death though, he was found not guilty of the murders of de Abreu and Furtado. After his lead attorney, Jose Baez, told him there was a chance to overturn the Lloyd conviction on appeal things were looking up for him, but it wasn’t enough to save his life. A new trial brought the possibility of him being a free man one day and having a fighting chance. He has a daughter who needs a father in her life, and he always had something to live for.

There is no way to tell why he took his own life because just as things were seemingly getting better, he decided to end it all. Maybe he wanted to be relieved of all charges and have the money he was guaranteed from the NFL to go to his daughter, so he could at least give her something. All we know is that this a tragic incident and that a young man’s future was taken away just like that. An NFL millionaire at age 22 was now dead at age 27. Rest in Peace Aaron Hernandez.

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