Aaron Hernandez had the Bible verse “John 3:16” scrawled on his forehead when he was found dead in his prison cell Wednesday, reports say.
Sources told local CBS affiliate WBZ that an open Bible was also discovered inside his cell.
From The New York Post
The verse, one of the most quoted among Christians, describes how those who believe in Jesus “shall not perish but have everlasting life.” It was reportedly written on Hernandez in red marker.
Prison officials told WZB that “Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window” in the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.
He may have also smoked some synthetic marijuana, known as “K2,” in his cell the night before, the outlet reports.
It’s unclear how Hernandez would’ve gotten the phony drugs, but investigators have been questioning a close friend of his, who apparently was the last to see the former New England Patriot.
The 22-year-old was said to be in the prison’s health service unit, under a 24-hour “eyeball suicide watch.”
Before taking his own life, Hernandez reportedly blocked his cell door from the inside — jamming it with some of his personal items.
Prison officials said he had showed no signs of distress of depression in the hours leading up to his death.
Hernandez’ suicide comes just days after he was acquitted of a double murder.
He had been already serving a life sentence for murdering Odin Lloyd in 2013.