Aaron Hernandez Wanted to Bunk With a Cellmate Whom He Called ‘My Heart’

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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was found dead last month in prison, wrote several letters asking to be moved to a different part of the lockup and asked to be allowed to move in with one of his friends from the outside whom he referred to as his “heart.”


Five handwritten letters obtained by CNN penned by Hernandez during his stay at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Massachusetts show that the former football player wanted to be moved to a section of the prison called P2.

“I’m just trying to be placed with people I’m close with and the place my time in here will go the smoothest, which is best for me and yall,” he said in one letter to Inner Perimeter Security, CNN reports. “I am even requesting to [bunk up/celly up] with my brother [name redacted].”

In the same letter, Hernandez argued that normal inmates “go where they fit in most as long as they have no enemies.” He added that P2 would be most fitting place for him to be “comfortable” serving a “life bid.”

“So, please make this happen,” he wrote. “I even prefer to move in with [name redacted]; me and him are very close and have been since the streets and that’s FACT, not bullshit. He’s my heart and like a real brother to me that’s why I want and am requesting to go upstairs and live with him.”

In April, Hernandez was found hanged in his cell shortly after being acquitted for the 2012 double homicide of Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Teixeira Furtado, 28. He was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, but it was overturned after his suicide because he died before his conviction could be heard.


Several news outlets have reported that Hernandez was bisexual, claims that his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, has strongly denied. The couple were never married, but she took his last name shortly after he was arrested.

Read more at CNN.


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Umm.. I feel like this headline is just a little misleading, Stephen? When I read “his heart,” I thought Hernandez was confirming the rumors that have been swirling about him having a prison boo.

But this sentence paints a different picture, especially in context of the rest of the letter.

He’s my heart and like a real brother to me that’s why I want and am requesting to go upstairs and live with him.”

And why are prison officials releasing these letters to the media?