Aaron Hernandez's funeral on Monday drew an estimated 100 friends and family members, but could have drawn a few more attendees.
According to the Boston Herald, the jurors who acquitted the former Patriots tight end of double-murder on April 14 were invited to Hernandez’s funeral by defense attorney Jose Baez.
"I was invited, but I decided ultimately not to go," Robert Monroe, one of trial's 12 jurors, told the Herald on Tuesday. "I received a message, if any of the jurors wanted to go to the Aaron Hernandez funeral, that Jose Baez would rent a bus to get us back and forth."
Monroe, a 27-year-old Boston native, debated taking Baez up on the invitation, but ultimately decided not to go.
"I actually asked a bunch of my friends, should I go, and they thought it was strange," Monroe said. "Initially I wanted to go and maybe get some closure, this whole, confusing thing ... his suicide. ... I would have been out of place, I’m not family or a friend."
Hernandez was found hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass., early Wednesday and his death was later ruled a suicide. He was already serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in the death of Odin L. Lloyd in June 2013 but took his life five days after being acquitted in the separate double-murder trial.
Hernandez's defense attorneys filed a motion in Superior Court in Massachusetts on Tuesday to dismiss the first-degree murder conviction.
Under state law, Hernandez's suicide could result in a vacated conviction because he was in the process of an appeal and died before it was heard.