She met her former fiancé Aaron Hernandez while both were still in high school in Bristol, Connecticut.
Her sister Shaneah was dating her fiancé's victim at the time of his murder. She has been estranged from her sister since her fiancé's murder trial and ultimate conviction.
She took her former fiancé's legal last name in 2015.
She and Aaron Hernandez exchanged various phone calls while he was in prison before and during his trial.