"To get to a point where a person commits suicide, it is such a symptom of a loss of hope", said Ruskin. The former New England Patriots tight end was pronounced dead at a hospital about an hour later.
"Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit".
Addressing the victims' families, Ruskin said this apparent suicide isn't likely to bring them any long-term peace.
Details of the suicide still are coming to light, but both the Massachusetts State Police and the Worcester Country District Attorney's Office are launching an investigation into Hernandez's death.
Murphy's speculation comes after Hernandez's lawyer Jose Baez expressed similar speculation and launched a private investigation into the former National Football League star's death.
Hernandez's lawyer, Jose Baez, said there had been no correspondence with his family to indicate he was considering ending his life. He says Hernandez's loved ones are "heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death". The team's owner, Robert Kraft, and coach, Bill Belichick did not address Hernandez's death in their remarks and players declined to comment on it.
During the 2011 season, he helped the Patriots reach the Super Bowl as one of the best tight ends in the league, and even scored a touchdown, although the team would lose to the New York Giants.
Hernandez was convicted in 2015 of murdering Lloyd and sentenced to life in prison. He was convicted and sentenced to life without parole.
But a court will vacate that conviction because Hernandez's appeal was pending, said Rosanna Cavallaro, a law professor at Suffolk University who has written about abatement.
Hernandez's young daughter made a rare one-time appearance in the courtroom last week during his double murder trial for killings in 2012. Lloyd was dating Hernandez's fiancé's sister and was considered to be a close friend to Hernandez.
Prosecutors suggested Lloyd may have been killed to keep him quiet about the 2012 Boston killings.
Hernandez was just on trial for TWO more murders. "Each man has to live with himself". You can put on an act like nothing happened, but you've got a soul. "There's no going around that".
"We all can not believe it", said Alex Cugno, who grew up with Hernandez in Bristol. However, a jury acquitted him of the 2012 double murder last Friday. "That was a positive thing in our minds", said Alex Cugno, who grew up with Hernandez in Bristol.
Friends also were grieving in CT, where Hernandez was raised. It just doesn't add up.