Archive Page - 08/16/13 41 years, 2,181 covers and 55,435 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Patrick Dempsey: 'I'm Not Retiring from Acting'
- Read the Cover Story – Tess Holliday: The World's First Size 22 Supermodel!
- A Beautiful Mind Mathematician John Nash and His Wife Killed in Taxi Crash: Reports
- Sandra Lee Gives Cancer Update from the Hospital: 'I've Lost 15 Lbs. in 5 Days'
- Did Bristol Palin Skip Her Family's Get-Together on Canceled Wedding Date?
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- July 15, 2013
- Vol. 80
- No. 3
Aaron Hernandez: From NFL Star to Murder Suspect
The New England Patriots' Fallen Star Is Charged with Murder While Police Probe His Role in a 2012 Double Homicide
With his June 26 arrest on a first-degree-murder charge, however, Hernandez's hard-won life as a tight end for the New England Patriots has begun to crumble. In a shocking case pieced together from his own cell phone records and home-security cameras, prosecutors say he "orchestrated the execution" of his friend Odin Lloyd, a semipro football player who was shot five times and left for dead after Hernandez, 23, had texted he wanted to see him in the middle of the night. Prosecutors say Lloyd tapped out three eerie texts to his sister, who had watched him get into Hernandez's rental car around 2:30 a.m. on June 17: "Did you see who I'm with"; "NFL"; and finally, "Just so you know."
The Patriots dumped the promising but troubled player, whose meteoric rise led him to the top ranks of the NFL and a $40 million contract. Meanwhile, disturbing questions continue to pile up around Hernandez: Was he, as police are now investigating, the one who shot two men dead last summer after a nightclub fight in Boston? Was Lloyd killed because he knew about the crime? Could it be, as laid out in a pending civil lawsuit, that Hernandez shot another friend in the face earlier this year? His attorney Michael Fee says the case against him is "at bottom, a circumstantial case." His mother, Terri, says her son will be cleared.
Hernandez grew up in the Hartford suburb where his mother still works in the office of South Side Elementary school. "He was a good friend and a kid people looked up to," said Tucker, who has known him since the fifth grade. But Hernandez's mother told USA Today in 2009 that the shock of his father's death led her son, only 16 at the time, to hang with the wrong crowd. "There was so much anger," she said. His reported association with gangs and guns followed him into the 2010 NFL draft and turned him from a first-to a fourth-round pick.
Fatherhood seemed to kick-start his self-awareness. After his high school sweetheart and fiancée Shayanna Jenkins, 24, gave birth to their daughter Avielle in November, Hernandez told an interviewer, "Now another one is looking up to me. I can't just be young and reckless Aaron anymore."
But Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen thinks he never shed his reckless behavior. "One of our brothers is in trouble right now because he didn't want to be different," Allen told newbies at the NFL's rookie symposium the same day as Hernandez's arrest. "You're right, I'm different. I got a lot more money in my pocket and a lot more sense. That's the way you got to go about it." Now, denied bail and with his athletic promise cut short, Hernandez sits in a Dartmouth, Mass., jail with plenty of time to ponder what went wrong. "If the charges are true, not only is his career over, but he'll spend the rest of his life in prison," says Tucker. "Whatever happens, though, he's still my friend."
- Reported by Juliet Pennington,
- Jeff Truesdell.
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!