BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was a member of the Bloods street gang and was disciplined for having gang paraphernalia, according to newly released documents related to the investigation into his prison suicide.
A death report released Friday lists the Bloods under Hernandez’s gang profile and says Hernandez was disciplined for having “STG” paraphernalia. In prison, “STG” stands for Security Threat Group, a euphemism for gangs.
Hernandez, a former New England Patriots tight end, was found April 19 hanging from a bed sheet in his cell in a maximum-security prison, where he was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder. His suicide came days after he was acquitted in a 2012 double slaying.
Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. released the report in response to a public records request from The Associated Press.
A separate court filing by prosecutors included excerpts from a suicide note left by Hernandez to his fiancee.
“You have always been my soul-mate and I want you to live life and know I’m always with you,” Hernandez wrote.
In the handwritten note, Hernandez calls Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez a “true angel” and “the definition of God’s love.” He urges her to “tell my story fully, but never think anything besides how much I love you.”
The excerpts were included in a filing prosecutors made as part of their opposition to a motion by Hernandez’s appellate attorneys to vacate his conviction under a state legal principle that says convictions can be erased if a defendant dies before his appeal is heard, as Hernandez did. A judge has scheduled a hearing Tuesday.
The documents released by Early say that while Hernandez was housed in a Bristol County jail awaiting trial in the 2013 case he was disciplined for five violations: threatening to kill a correction officer and his family; submitting a urine sample that tested positive for a painkiller; committing an aggravated assault; refusing to obey an order; and possessing gang paraphernalia.