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For years, Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, has been a public figure based on her relationship with Hernandez. Jenkins received more bad news on April 19 after Hernandez committed suicide while in prison. Hernandez had been acquitted of a double homicide but was serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd.
The suicide comes days after Hernandez shared a moment with his daughter, Avielle, in court. Jenkins had known Hernandez since grade school and was his one loyal supporter through years of chaos.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. The Couple Had a Daughter Together Named Avielle
Hernandez and Jenkins had a four-year-old daughter, Avielle, together. Jenkins brought Avielle to the court during Hernandez’s most recent trial on the fourth day of jury deliberation. Hernandez was caught sharing a moment with his daughter by blowing kisses to her.
2.Jenkins Took Hernandez’s Last Name Even Though They Were Never Married
According to CBS Boston, during her testimony she identified herself as Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez. The two were engaged and Jenkins noted she legally took his last name in 2015.
3. Jenkins Sister, Shaneah Jenkins, Was the Girlfriend of Odin Lloyd
Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Jenkins sister, Shaneah Jenkins, was the girlfriend of Lloyd. Shaneah Jenkins spoke with NECN.com about her feelings in the aftermath of Lloyd’s death.
“Every time there is a story out, it’s always about the alleged murderer and it’s not about the tragedy that happened to Odin. The loss that all of us have taken, and the fact that he was a human and his life was taken. That bothers me a lot,” Shaneah Jenkins told NECN.
4. Jenkins & Her Sister Were on Opposite Sides During the Trial
Jenkins was fiercely loyal to Hernandez and her loyalty put her at odds with her sister. The two were on opposite sides, both literally and figuratively, during the trial. Jenkins attended the trial and sat behind Hernandez. Shaneah Jenkins sat behind the prosecution.
5. Jenkins Was Granted Immunity in Exchange for Her Testimony During Trial
After the alleged murder, phone records show Hernandez placed a 17-second call to Jenkins. She was granted immunity in the trial in exchange for her testimony. CNN’s legal analyst Paul Callan explained the situation.
“It allows the prosecutor to force her to testify in front of the jury without taking the Fifth [Amendment against self incrimination]. If she lies, she can still be prosecuted for perjury because a grant of immunity never (immunizes) someone against committing perjury on the witness stand,” Callan noted to CNN.
is a sports and news contributor to Heavy. Jonathan graduated from UCF with a Master of Sport Business Management degree and has worked in a variety of capacities in the sports world. Follow him on Twitter @JonDAdams.
April 19, 2017 10:13 am