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Aaron Hernandez tearfully told his mum he was gay in prison visit before suicide, brother reveals

Josh Milton January 31, 2020
Aaron Hernandez sits in the courtroom of the Attleboro District Court during his hearing on August 22, 2013 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Aaron Hernandez sits in the courtroom of the Attleboro District Court during his hearing on August 22, 2013 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end and convicted murderer, tearfully told is mum he was gay before dying by suicide aged 27.

Brother Jonathan Hernandez shared in an interview Thursday with ABC‘s Dr. Oz alleging that amid their bickering and bristled relationship, the athlete came out to his mother.

Johnathan said: “He’s like, ‘Mum, you’re going to die never knowing your son.

“Then all of a sudden they have this conversation and they’re both flooded with tears across from each other.

Aaron Hernandez’s brother ‘can’t say’ whether sexuality was a murder motive.

He continued: “The weight of what’s on my brother is being expressed and for a mother to be looking at it across from the scratched glass in the zone.

“Seeing your son who you would have never anticipated being in this situation.”

Aaron died by suicide while in in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts in 2017.

Terri Hernandez, mother of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez. (Christopher Evans/Getty Images)
Terri Hernandez, mother of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez. (Christopher Evans/Getty Images)

He had been serving a life sentence for the murder of former friend Odin Lloyd, who was found shot dead a mile from Hernandez’s home in 2013.

Host Doctor Oz questioned whether Aaron’s sexuality may have been a motivation in the murder.

“That’s one of the questions and, you know, head scratches that they still have regarding really this entire case,” Jonathan said in the interview.

“You look at everything. There’s just so many questions regarding everything.

“And, for me to sit here and say it was this or that, I can’t say.

“All you can do is look at the evidence that was provided.”

Jonathan Hernandez brought to tears hearing his late brother’s voice again. 

Johnathan later explained he was brought to tears after hearing his brother’s voice again in the Netflix documentary detailing his life, Killer Inside.

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez listens while attorneys make oral arguments. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez listens while attorneys make oral arguments. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

“They have snippets of my brother’s voice which I think is so powerful,” he said.

“At least to me.”

He continued: “[It] is something that is hard to deal with but also beautiful, as conflicting as that is, because there’s limited experiences where you hear that.

To hear his voice […] it was like he was alive. It was his voice that was powerful.

“I say powerful because my brother did learn through this situation.

“There were relationships, that were portrayed in the Netflix documentary that were crushed, [that] were mended.”

 

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