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Brother of Aaron Hernandez is detained on suspicion of planning shootings at schools

The late football player and convicted killer Aaron Hernandez's elder brother was detained last week, according to the police, for reportedly planning shootings on two campuses of colleges in New England.

According to the arrest warrant acquired by WFSB, Dennis John "D.J." Hernandez, 37, was detained on Wednesday — for the fourth time this year — after police were informed that he was preparing to assault Brown University and the University of Connecticut.

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Hernandez borrowed a witness' car on July 7 to go to a court date, but instead drove to the campuses of UConn and Brown to "'map the schools out,'" according to the police report. This witness is thought to be Hernandez's ex-girlfriend.

The witness asserted that Hernandez had declared that "he has a bullet for everyone," and she added that she thought Hernandez was "extremely sick."

Hernandez allegedly published a number of threatening tweets on social media on July 19—about two weeks later.

Would I kill? Absolutely. One of the posts' final lines said, "I've warned my opponents so pay up ahead.

Hernandez particularly named UConn, where he had played college football, in a further unsettling internet tirade.

After authorities learned that D.J. Hernandez (on the left) was preparing to shoot up schools, he was detained.


According to WFSB, he stated, "UConn program is going to pay unless I have a package deal and I get my estate and everything I have worked for."

If I don't get to see you outdoors, know that I will always love you. I'm willing to offer my life for you. I'm understanding that not all shootings are tragic. Some are essential for change to occur.

The arrest warrant stated that Hernandez was detained by police later that day at his residence.

According to the Bristol Police Department, File Hernandez was charged with second-degree breach of peace and making bodily threats.

Hernandez has a history of running from the law on foot, so there were several police officers present when they confronted the native of Connecticut at his home.

Before the arrest was made, the mother of two young children also took them away from the scene, according to the police report.

After leaving the residence, Hernandez again called for the police to shoot him before being stunned with a Taser.

After that, he received treatment in the hospital, where he kept ranting and threatening.

Hernandez is accused of verbally threatening everybody who benefited from his deceased brother, including ESPN, while under medical treatment.

Hernandez is now being held by the Department of Correction on a $250,000 bond.

Hernandez was detained for the first time this year after leading police on a chase, according to WFSB.

A few days later, when he hurled a bag containing a brick and a handwritten note at ESPN's Bristol office, he was caught again.

When he failed to appear in court for the ESPN incident, he was detained for the third time earlier this month.

In Bristol, both Hernandez and his brother Aaron were standout high school football players. 

Aaron had intended to join his brother at UConn, but he eventually chose to attend the University of Florida instead. There, he played for Urban Meyer's Gators before signing with the New England Patriots in 2010.

When Aaron was detained and then found guilty of killing semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in 2013, his once-promising career came crashing down.

Hernandez committed suicide in his jail cell on April 19, 2017, when he was facing a life without parole sentence and charges of taking part in previous homicides.

In his 2018 book "The Truth About Aaron: My Journey to Understand My Brother," D.J. Hernandez said that both he and Aaron experienced physical abuse from their father as children, according to CNN.


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