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Heartbroken Tameka Deserves Sympathy For Son's Accident, Not Usher, Says Friend

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Jul. 11 2012, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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By Debbie Emery - Reporter

Following a tragic lake accident on Friday that left Tameka Raymond's 11-year-old son brain dead, a close friend of Usher's ex-wife has opened up exclusively to about how she is coping with the devastating situation.

"I've seen celebs and media outlets alike continue to send their condolences to Usher. Kile was Tameka and Ryan Glover's child and the sympathy should be given to them first and foremost," Tameka's associate told in an exclusive interview.

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"Although Usher has been so kind in chartering a plane so she could be by Kile's side, he didn't necessarily play a huge role in Tameka's other children's lives after the divorce therefore it seems a little disrespectful that Ryan is being ignored as a father, in place of another just because he's topping the Billboard charts.

"Ryan was equally devoted and involved in Kile's life -- they shared joint custody and Kile was with his other family at the lake, so for those who are claiming Tameka's at fault for not being there is just absurd -- because of the joint custody, her two boys aren't always directly in her eyesight, but she is a phenomenal mother."

As previously reported, Kile Glover and a 15-year-old female friend were being pulled behind a boat on an inner tube on Atlanta's Lake Lanier when Jeffrey S. Hubbard, 38, hit them with his jet ski.

After suffering a severe head injury and being unresponsive when he was pulled from the water, Kile is currently on life support at the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, Georgia, while his mother stands vigil hoping for a miracle.

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"Tameka is heartbroken. Kile was one of the loves of her life -- she adored him. The last time I spoke to her she was going on and on about his fifth grade graduation. She used to call him her most helpful child and would gush about how smart he was," the friend said.

"This incident was just so random -- there should never have been a jet ski that close to an inner tube with two young kids, it just doesn't make sense."

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Fashion stylist Tameka, 44, had two children with Altanta-based clothier Glover before she married Usher in August 2007, and went on to have two children, Usher V, 4, and Naviyd, 3, with him. Their divorce was finalized in November 2009 and they are currently embroiled in a bitter custody battle.

Struggling to let go of her beloved Kile, "My only hope is that Tameka's spirituality and devotion to God will help her pull through this ineffable moment in her life, and bring some comfort," her friend told

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"This is a woman who lost the man of her dreams, her reputation and now her son within the course of four years. My heart goes out to her. Nobody deserves this pain.

"Perhaps the comment boards that continued to spew venom at a woman they had never met will put the breaks on their misdirected anger and hate and finally give her some peace. She definitely needs it."

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources agents investigating the tragedy said that alcohol was not involved, but they do not know what caused the crash and depending on their findings, they may or may not recommend that the district attorney press charges.



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