The Latest: Connecticut town prepares for Hernandez funeral

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) The Latest on the funeral for Aaron Hernandez (all times local):

11:35 a.m.

Police have closed off traffic outside a funeral home that will be the site of a funeral service for former NFL player Aaron Hernandez.

The private service for family and friends is being held Monday afternoon in Bristol, Connecticut, where Hernandez grew up.

The former New England Patriots tight end was found hanged in his cell in a maximum-security prison in Massachusetts last week. The death has been ruled a suicide.

Police cruisers were parked at the entrance to the funeral home and television news crews were set up across the street several hours ahead of the 1 p.m. service.

The burial will be private at an undisclosed location.

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1:50 a.m.

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.

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