'John 3:16' written on Aaron Hernandez's forehead, source says

"The family and legal team is shocked and surprised at the news of Aaron's death", Jose Baez, Hernandez's attorney, said in a statement.

Hernandez was found hanging in his jail cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correction Center at 3:03 a.m. Wednesday morning.

That officer had to force his way in, the report said, because cardboard had been jammed into the door tracks "to impede entry into the cell".

The Worcester District Attorney's Office said officers recovered three handwritten suicide notes next to a Bible in his single-inmate cell.

The brain of former National Football League star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez will be turned over to a center for study about possible brain trauma, authorities said Thursday, after an attorney for his family accused them of "illegally" withholding it. CTE, or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, is a disease often found in the brains of athletes who have sustained head traumas. While he was acquitted of those charges, Hernandez was still serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

Mr. Hernandez, 27, was found hanging from a bed sheet in his cell shortly after 3 a.m. on Wednesday.

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Baez said he hoped the study of Hernandez's brain would help add to the body of knowledge about CTE and shed new light on what exactly happened to him.

MA officials announced Thursday afternoon that the brain of former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez would be released after his family said it was being illegally withheld. While state officials have now said they would release the brain to the family, that announcement wasn't made until after accusations from the former New England Patriots tight end's lawyer. The verse was also written on his forehead in ink and the Bible was open at that page.

The complaint asks that prison officials be barred from altering or destroying any potential evidence, including Hernandez's writings, medical records and video and audio recordings.

Aaron Hernandez's suicide will result in his 2013 murder conviction being voided.

"The culture of misconduct and the culture of negligence that goes on in this town is befuddling", said Baez, who represented Hernandez in a double-murder trial in which he was found not guilty last week. "Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death".

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