Released on Friday (May 5) by Massachusetts court officials, the letter is an excerpt of the letter he wrote to his fiance, Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, before he killed himself.
In it, Hernandez makes mention that she’s will be rich now that he’s dead.
“Shay, you have always been my soul-mate and i want you to live life and know I’m always with you,” Hernandez wrote. “I told you what was coming indirectly! I love you so much and know you are an angel — literally! We split into two to come change the world! … I love you! Let [redacted] know how much I love her! Look after [redacted] and [redacted] for me — those are my boys. (YOU’RE RICH)”
According to reports, if someone dies after being convicted of a crime, they are only considered guilty postmortem if their appeal process is exhausted. So, in Hernandez’s case, he was in the midst of appealing his murder conviction… which essentially means he was legally considered innocent after his death.
Because of this, the New England Patriots cannot deny Hernandez the remainder he’s owed from his contract ($6 million), reports TMZ. And, he likely named his fiance and/or his daughter as his beneficiaries.
Prison officials found Hernandez hanging from a bedsheet inside his cell on April 19 at a maximum-security prison in Massachusetts, where he was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder. It came just days after he was acquitted of a separate 2012 double murder.