Aaron Hernandez's Fiancée Speaks Out For First Time After Netflix Doc
By Peyton Blakemore
January 21, 2020
Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez is handling the release of Netflix's three-part documentary, Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez, about her late fiancé by taking a break from social media.
Last week, the mother-of-two took to Instagram to address the doc, which chronicles Aaron Hernandez's life from childhood to his 2013 arrest to his suicide in 2017. "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),” she wrote. “The amount of support and positive energy is again unreal! I’m sure you will all understand how imperative it is to take some time away from social media.”
Shayanna additionally captioned the post "#stayhumble😘."
The day prior, on the date of the documentary's release (January 15), she shared an inspirational quote. “Never forget how far you’ve come,” the quote read. “Everything you have gotten through. All the times you have pushed on even when you felt you couldn’t. All the mornings you got out of bed no matter how hard it was. All the times you wanted to give up but you got through another day. Never forget how much strength you have developed along the way.”
Since its release, Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez has received backlash from those closest to the former New England Patriots tight end. While it provides new details about Aaron's legal cases — he was charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013 and as he awaited trial, he was charged with the fatal drive-by shootings of Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Teixeira Furtado — it also implies that Aaron was in the closet, agonizing over his sexuality.
Aaron's lawyer Jose Baez, who repped the late athlete and helped him beat his double murder case, appeared in the documentary. However, after its release, the attorney posted a scathing Instagram post, slamming the producers for their allegedly untruthful documentary. "I don’t give a da*n 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. "People have no idea how documentaries are made, the truth is usually found on the cutting room floor. These producers lied directly to my face, so I don’t expect their money making scheme to be much better. #ripchico #baezlawfirm #aaronhernandez."
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
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