Aaron Hernandez had a Bible verse written on his forehead in red ink when prison authorities discovered him dead early Wednesday morning from an apparent suicide, according to a report by Boston’s WBZ-TV.
The verse is one of the most quoted in all of the Bible, John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
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The former New England Patriots tight end reportedly also had his copy of the Bible open to the famous passage, as well.
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According to Business Insider, Hernandez used to read the Bible every morning at 7:30 a.m. with then-University of Florida football coach Urban Meyer.
The coach also assigned outspoken Christian and then-Florida Gator quarterback and team captain Tim Tebow as a “life instructor” to Hernandez, who displayed violent tendencies while in college.
As reported by Western Journalism, Hernandez was found dead just hours before his former NFL team celebrated its Super Bowl victory at the White House.
The 27-year-old was not on a suicide watch and authorities have yet to find any suicide note in his cell.
Hernandez was drafted in 2010 and became a rising star as a tight end with the Patriots.
The Connecticut native, who was serving a life sentence without parole for the 2013 murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, was acquitted Friday of a double homicide connected to the Lloyd case.
Attorney Jose Baez, who represented Hernandez in his most recent trial, had said he hoped to have Hernandez’s conviction for killing Lloyd overturned.
Baez said Wednesday neither he nor Hernandez’s family had any sense the former NFL player was contemplating suicide.
“There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible,” Baez said in a statement.