One of Lloyd's sister, Olivia Thibou, said Friday that "these are very difficult days.
"We just keep praying to get through this," she said.
The next court hearing is scheduled for October 9, when the judge will hear a defense motion to extend and make more stringent a gag order, Sutter said.
Hernandez has been sitting in a jail cell as his former team, known for its stellar offense, contends for another Super Bowl title. The Patriots open their regular season Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.