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Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, fiancee of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, sits in the courtroom with the couple's daughter during jury deliberations in Hernandez's double-murder trial at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Hernandez is charged in the July 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, who he encountered in a Boston nightclub. The former NFL football player already is serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. (Keith Bedford /The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

The first excerpt from Aaron Hernandez's suicide note to his fiancé has been released


Prosecutors released an excerpt from Aaron Hernandez's suicide note to his fiancé, Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, on Friday, NBC Boston reported. 

"Shay, you have always been my soul-mate and I want you to live life and know I'm always with you," the letter began.

It continued, "I told you what was coming indirectly! I love you so much and know you are an angel - literally! We split into two to come change the world! Your characteristics [sic] is that of a true angel and the definition of God's love! Tell my story fully but never think anything besides how much I love you. This was the Supreme's, the Almighty's plan, not mine! I love you! Let (redacted) know how much I love her! Look after (redacted) and (redacted) for me - those are my boys. (YOU'RE RICH) I knew I loved you = Savage Garden."

The last line is a reference to the 1999 song "I Knew I Loved You" by the Australian pop duo Savage Garden.

After his suicide last month, investigators said the former NFL tight end left three handwritten notes in his prison cell. One was reportedly to his fiancé and the other to their daughter. A lawyer for a fellow inmate said one of the letters was written for his client. 

The letter to Jenkins Hernandez was released by the Bristol County district attorney's office ahead of a court hearing on Tuesday to determine whether Hernandez's 2013 murder conviction for killing Odin Llyod would be dismissed. Under Massachusetts law, courts traditionally erase the convictions of defendants who die before their appeals are heard. 

The prisons department report noted that Hernandez knew of this law before his death.


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