Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, who was engaged to Aaron Hernandez and is the mother of his daughter, is asking a Massachusetts judge to release copies of the three notes the former NFL tight end left in his cell last week before he killed himself.

Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence, left the notes next to a Bible.

The Boston Globe reports that Jenkins-Hernandez's attorney, George Leontire, made the request to the judge Monday morning, hours before Hernandez's funeral was to begin in Bristol, Connecticut.

"The family has the right, during this grieving process, to know their loved one's final thoughts,'' Leontire wrote.

Leontire said Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.'s office has refused to share the notes' contents.