When the body of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found by prison guards on Wednesday morning, they noticed something written on his forehead.
The Bible verse John 3:16 was scrawled in red marker on his head and a Bible was found opened to the verse, according to ABC News.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life," the verse reads. It is one of the most quoted verses in Christianity.
The 27-year-old convicted murderer was discovered hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, at approximately 3:05 a.m.
The Massachusetts Department of Correction said he committed suicide, but Hernandez's former agent and his attorney say they don't believe he could ever do such a thing. No suicide note was found on the scene.
"There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible," his lawyer, Jose Baez, said in a statement.
"Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence. Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death."
On April 14, Hernandez was acquitted on charges of killing two people in a drive-by shooting in 2012, the Boston Globe reports. He was already serving a life sentence for the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, for which he was found guilty in 2015.
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