Tameka Raymond Remembers Late Son, Launches ‘Kile’s World Foundation’
Last summer, Usher Raymond’s ex-wife Tameka suffered an awful tragedy. Her 11-year-old son Kile (from a previous relationship) was gravely injured after he was stricken by a watercraft while he was inner-tubing in a lake. When Kile was pulled out of the water, he was unresponsive. He was eventually declared braid dead. A couple of weeks following the accident, Kile was taken off of life support. Although Tameka suffered such a horrific nightmare, she decided that her little boy’s passing would not be in vain. The day of Kile’s funeral Tameka announced via her Twitter page the launching of the Kile Glover Fund, through which she hoped to promote awareness about watercraft safety, but she hasn’t stopped there.
Over the weekend, in honor of Kile’s 12th birthday, which would’ve fallen on Good Friday, Tameka celebrated the launch of the “Kile’s World” foundation at the Woodruff Arts Center, reports the YBF. Tameka expressed that the foundation would “offer art- based camps with multiple workshops including general instruction in the areas of acting, singing, dance, painting, illustration, music production and digital media.” She also shared that the foundation would eventually open a school that would most likely focus on music and the arts.
Joining Tameka in the celebration of her late son’s life, were her four sons, Bow Wow’s mom Teresa Caldwell, Big Rich Atlanta stars Brie Rowe and Sharlinda Parker, among others. The colorfully decorated event seemed to be reflective of Kile’s creative personality.
Tameka is undeniably strong. It hasn’t even been a full year since her son’s passing, yet she is still using her tragedy to help others. Just two months ago, she took to her Twitter page to express irony of Kile’s birthday falling on Good Friday.
In other Kile Glover news, early last month we told you that the man who was operating the watercraft that tragically ended Kile’s life, Jeffery Simon Hubbard was arrested and charged with Homicide by Vessel, Serious Injury by Vessel and Reckless Operation of a Vessel. Since his indictment Hubbard has entered not guilty pleas on all charges, reports the Huffington Post. We’ll continue to keep you posted as this story develops.
Turn the page for more photos from the Kile’s World celebration.