The mystery prisoner who Aaron Hernandez wrote to before his shocking suicide is a 22-year-old man jailed for a knife point robbery at a gas station near his home, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.
Kyle Kennedy was the last person to see the former New England Patriot alive and is now on suicide watch inside the maximum security Souza-Baranowski Corrections Center, sources say.
He is the man to whom Hernandez gave a $50,000 watch and other property shortly before he took his life.
Kennedy was arrested in January 2015 for an early morning robbery at a Cumberland Farms gas station in Northbridge, Massachusetts. He was wearing a black mask and carrying ‘a long butcher-style knife,’ according to a report. He got away with just $189
DailyMail.com exclusively reported last week that Hernandez, 27, who was found dead hanging from a bed sheet in his cell early on Wednesday morning last week, left three suicide notes.
One was addressed to his fiancée Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, the second to their four-year-old daughter Avielle and the third to a prisoner, who high level prison sources described as his prison lover.
That man is Kennedy, the son of a businessman from Uxbridge, Massachusetts, close to the Rhode Island state line, the sources reveal.
When approached at his home at the end of a leafy cul-de-sac, Kennedy’s stepmother Deborah, refused to comment and drove in through the automatic gates.
Within minutes his father Matthew, 42, ran out of the home, which is set on more than four acres of land, and furiously berated a DailyMail.com team sitting on a public road outside his house, yelling: ‘Get the f**k away and don’t f**king come back.’
Attempts to reach Kennedy’s mother, Cindy Curving Kennedy, were unsuccessful
Attempts to reach Kennedy’s mother, Cindy Curving Kennedy, were unsuccessful.
CBS’s Boston affiliate reported that Hernandez had given his jailhouse lover’s family a $50,000 watch before his suicide. The station did not say which member of the family received the watch.
Kyle Kennedy was arrested in January 2015 for an early morning robbery at a Cumberland Farms gas station in Northbridge, Massachusetts. He was wearing a black mask and carrying ‘a long butcher-style knife,’ according to a report in the local Milford Daily News. He got away with just $189.
He then led police on a high speed chase and after being arrested ran out of the police station in an attempted escape, according to reports at the time.
Hernandez, a Super Bowl-winning tight end with the Patriots, killed himself last week. His family has donated his brain to a team from the University of Boston to see whether he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition caused by repeated hits to the head.
He had been serving a life sentence without possibility of parole for the murder of his close friend Odin Lloyd, but just five days earlier had been acquitted of a separate double murder.
One theory for Lloyd’s murder is that he knew about Hernandez’s bisexuality and might tell Shenea Jenkins — Hernandez’s fiancée’s sister — who Lloyd was dating.
According to Newsweek, Hernandez had a long-term gay lover before he was imprisoned who was due to give evidence at his murder trial. But shortly before the case he transferred a large sum of money into the man’s bank account.
As exclusively revealed by DailyMail.com, Hernandez — prisoner number W106228 — had carefully planned his death. He had soaped the floor in his cell, so he would not be able to stand if he changed his mind after attempting to take his own life.
He had also given away his property to fellow inmates and left the three notes next to a Bible opened to John 3:16, the number scrawled that on his forehead in red marker.
John 3:16, often described as ‘the gospel in a nutshell’ reads: ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’
He jammed the door to the cell — number G2-57 — with cardboard and piled furniture against the door to slow down anyone trying to enter. He also covered the interior window with a curtain to cover up his nakedness, according to Boston’s CBS affiliate.
A corrections officer has been placed on paid leave for allegedly failing to inspect the cell at 2 am on Wednesday. Hernandez’s naked body was found hanging shortly after 3.
His body was taken to UMASS Leominster and he was officially pronounced dead at 4.07 am.
Hernandez’s funeral is due to take place in his home town of Bristol, Connecticut on Monday.