‘John 3:16’ was written on Aaron Hernandez’s forehead, official says

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez sits at the defense table during jury deliberations in his double murder trial of at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, Mass., Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Hernandez is charged in the July 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado who he encountered in a Boston nightclub. The former NFL football player already is serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)
Aaron Hernandez marked his forehead with a biblical phrase before apparently taking his own life Wednesday. –Keith Bedford / The Boston Globe

Aaron J. Hernandez, who had the phrase “God forgives” tattooed onto his arm, marked his forehead with a reference to a biblical passage before apparently taking his own life in his cell at the state’s maximum security prison Wednesday, according to records and a law enforcement official.

The former New England Patriots star was found hanging from a bedsheet by a corrections officer around 3:05 a.m. in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, where the 27-year-old Hernandez was serving a life sentence for murder, officials said.

About seven hours earlier, Hernandez was on the telephone with Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, his longtime fiancee and the mother of his 4-year-old daughter, according to Ronald Sullivan, one of his lawyers.

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