The downward spiral of the life of Aaron Hernandez was tragic, as was the loss of lives at the hand of the former New England Patriots tight end. Born into an impoverished life which eventually led to gang affiliations and a litany of crime, Hernandez could never shake off the life that he had lived, despite becoming one of the best tight ends in the college football and the NFL.
Hernandez was arrested and convicted of the brutal murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013. He would go on to be charged with additional murders that occurred in the Boston area while serving time in prison. Ultimately, though, Hernandez took his own life while incarcerated. And after years in the making, Netflix has released a documentary on his life and the murders that Hernandez committed, titled ‘Killer Inside: In The Mind of Aaron Hernandez’. His former fiancee, as well as an attorney, have responded as a result of its release.
Aaron Hernandez’s former fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez was a feature in the documentary, providing her insights as to what had happened. She was not charged with any conspiracy for the crimes that Hernandez committed, but was emotional and open to the responses that she received following Netflix’s release of the documentary. She responded to people on her Instagram account.
“I wanted to let all of you sweet sweet souls know I have tried to read every message sent on IG and through email (positive and negative) … The amount of support and positive energy is again unreal!” she wrote. “I’m sure you will all understand how imperative it is to take some time away from social media.”
Many people on social media have taken sympathy for Jenkins-Hernandez and the emotional toll it had to have taken while dealing with her fiancee being incarcerated in prison for murders, as well as, raising their children as a single parent.
“You are very strong and having to relive one of the hardest moments in your life I can imagine has been hard!” one social media user wrote in a longer post. “But your a very strong woman and I commend you because after watching it the love and loyalty you had towards Aaron Speaks Volumes and shows how much you loved him. I pray God may forever bless you and just want to say at the end when he is telling y’all’s daughter he loves her is so heartbreaking.”
There were a number of other people who flocked to Instagram to offer words of encouragement to Jenkins-Hernandez, but cited that this topic had been the focus of too much coverage by the media and documentaries. One social media user on Instagram wrote, “Stay strong. I wish these documentaries would stop already.
Another shared the same sentiments, echoing how the murders at the hands of the former New England Patriots has been dragged out way too long. “How many shows can they make on the subject,” another person added. “Enough already. Keep ya head up. Enough is enough. Keep ya head up,” they commented.
Hernandez’s attorney, Jose Baez, has also responded to the release of the documentary, providing harsh criticisms to the people who framed the film in the way they did. For the lawyer, no one knew Hernandez better than he did and was not enthused with the manner in which he was represented. Baez went to his Instagram page to voice his frustration.
“I don’t give a damn about what some lame a— documentary has to say about Aaron. I knew him, they did not and while he was far from perfect, they are not even close to the truth,” he wrote.
Perhaps there was more to the truth than indicated by the investigations conducted, but for the records, Aaron Hernandez will go down as a cold-blooded murderer and one who also took his own life while serving time in prison.
— Sarah Rosario (@sarahbrosario) March 1, 2017