In a phone call to his fiancee only hours before he died, Aaron Hernandez gave no indications he was going to kill himself and ended the call by telling Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez "Babe I gotta go, they are shutting the doors."
Jenkins Hernandez, in a two-part interview airing on the Dr. Phil Show Monday and Tuesday, said too many things don't make sense surrounding the death for her to believe the former NFL star from Bristol committed suicide.
"I don't know what to believe to be honest. It's not the Aaron Hernandez I knew," Jenkins Hernandez said. "If he had done something like this it would have been at his worst. Things were looking so bright going up the ladder and in a positive direction."
Hernandez, 27, the former New England Patriots star, was found hanging by a bedsheet his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass., early on April 19.
His death was ruled a suicide by the Worcester district attorney's office and the case is closed. But Jenkins Hernandez said she doesn't believe the state's version of events.
"It seemed well thought out; in a sense none of it is very believable to me. I don't believe it. There is some unaccounted-for time and things weren't done properly," Jenkins Hernandez said. "I felt like he could have been saved or something could have been done."
One of three letters found in Hernandez's cell after his death was addressed to his fiancee. She acknowledged on the show that the handwriting "was similar" to Aaron Hernandez's.
The note asks her to take care of their daughter Avielle and his two "boys," whose names were redacted by Massachusetts officials when they released the letter to the public. Jenkins Hernandez said the two "boys" are a godson and D.J. Hernandez, Aaron's brother.
Jenkins Hernandez said "there were some odd parts" in the letter "where it just didn't make sense," starting with the greeting "Shay." He usually called her either Babe or Bay, she said.
The letter "screamed love but it wasn't, like I said, personal, it wasn't intimate … It was very short. I feel like, I don't know, I wanted more, I wanted him to explain and, I don't know, it's very confused, very confused, and I can read it over and over and over again and I'm still, you know, the same place, I'm still at the same place where I read it," Jenkins Hernandez said. "There's not enough. It's just so vague for me to have closure."
The second part of the interview is airing Tuesday. She cried several times in the excerpts released by the show. Jenkins Hernandez makes it clear she isn't satisfied with the state's investigation.
"Someone is in the wrong somewhere and I want answers," Jenkins Hernandez said. "Until we can get in there and do our own investigation and I actually trust where the answers are coming from, maybe I can have some comfort in the truth."