• Why is the Aaron Her­nan­dez fam­ily call­ing for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion?


The fam­ily of Aaron Her­nan­dez is ask­ing for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his hang­ing death at a Souza-Bara­nowski Cor­rec­tional Cen­ter.

Her­nan­dez was serv­ing a life sen­tence for the 2013 mur­der of an ac­quain­tance but on Fri­day had been found not guilty of killing two other peo­ple.

State po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cir­cum­stances of the death of the for­mer ris­ing star in the Na­tional Foot­ball League, and a coroner was per­form­ing an au­topsy on Wed­nes­day.

“There were no con­ver­sa­tions or cor­re­spon­dence from Aaron to his fam­ily or le­gal team that would have in­di­cated any­thing like this was pos­si­ble,” said lawyer Jose Baez, who suc­cess­fully de­fended Her­nan­dez in the dou­ble-mur­der trial. “Aaron was look­ing for­ward to an op­por­tu­nity for a sec­ond chance to prove his in­no­cence.”

Baez called on au­thor­i­ties to “con­duct a trans­par­ent and thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion” and promised his own ex­am­i­na­tion of the death.

A prison spokesman told the Bos­ton Globe that Her­nan­dez had not been on a sui­cide watch and did not in­di­cate that he in­tended to harm him­self. The spokesman did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

“Mr. Her­nan­dez hanged him­self uti­liz­ing a bed sheet that he at­tached to his cell win­dow,” the state cor­rec­tions com­mis­sion said in a state­ment. “Mr. Her­nan­dez also at­tempted to block his door from the in­side by jam­ming the door with var­i­ous items.”

Her­nan­dez’s for­mer agent, Brian Mur­phy, said on Twit­ter that he did not be­lieve the ath­lete had killed him­self.

“Ab­so­lutely no chance he took his own life,” Mur­phy said. “Chico was not a saint, but my fam­ily and I loved him, and he would never take his own life.”

Her­nan­dez’s two mur­der tri­als re­vealed a trou­bled man who of­ten used il­le­gal nar­cotics and at times be­lieved strangers were chal­leng­ing or dis­re­spect­ing him.

Her­nan­dez was ex­pected to ap­peal his sen­tence of life in prison with­out pos­si­bil­ity of pa­role for the 2013 mur­der.

Aaron Her­nan­dez sits at a hear­ing on the mur­der charges against him at Suf­folk Su­pe­rior Court in Bos­ton on Oct. 5, 2016. GETTY IM­AGES

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