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Aaron Hernandez’s Connecticut hometown prepares for funeral

Aaron Hernandez's Connecticut hometown prepares for funeral

BRISTOL, Conn. — Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez’s Connecticut hometown is preparing to say farewell to him.

A private funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday for the former New England Patriots tight end, who was found hanged in his cell in a maximum-security prison in Massachusetts last week. Hernandez was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder and had just been acquitted of a 2012 double murder. His death has been ruled a suicide.

Services will be at a funeral home in Bristol. The burial will be private at an undisclosed location.

Hernandez’s family in a statement Saturday asked for privacy as they mourn.

Scientists at Boston University are studying Hernandez’s brain for any signs of repeated trauma suffered during his years of playing football.

The Associated Press