Our hearts go out today to Tameka Foster Raymond as she and ex-husband, R&B star Usher, hold vigil over her 11-year-old son, Kyle Glover, who was critically injured in a Jet Ski accident on Friday and is believed to be brain dead.
Kyle and an unidentified 15-year-old girl were on an inner tube being pulled by a pontoon boat in Lake Lanier when a jet ski, driven by a 38-year-old family friend, ran over them. Two Department of Natural Resources rangers who witnessed the accident saved the girl; a pair of Good Samaritans rescued Kyle. The girl was reportedly in stable condition with a broken arm and deep cuts to her head.
TMZ reports that Usher, who currently is embroiled in a nasty custody battle with Tameka over their two sons, Usher Raymond VI, 4, and Naviyd Ely, 3, put aside their differences and chartered a private jet to fly Tameka to Atlanta. She’s been by her son’s side ever since, and was joined by Usher over the weekend. Reports say Tameka and her Kyle’s father, tailor TK Glover, have yet to decide whether to take their son off life support.
While officers say alcohol was not a factor, an investigation into the accident is ongoing. Ironically, it happened the same day as a group of elected officials and local residents met to discuss ways to make boating on popular Lake Lanier more safe in the summertime. That meeting followed the high-profile June 18 deaths of two brothers, 13-year-old Griffin Prince and 9-year-old Jake Prince, who were killed when a fishing boat struck a pontoon boat driven by the boys’ father. The driver of the fishing boat was charged with boating under the influence. Boating rules under consideration include mandatory headlights for boats, additional no-wake zones, speed limits and the lowering of the blood alcohol limit for a boating under the influence charge, from .10 to .08.
But the rule changes on Lake Lanier come too late for Kyle Glover, who, today, lays in an Atlanta hospital, brain dead, with his parents by his side, waiting for a sign—praying for their child’s life. The MyBrownBaby family is praying, too, for 11-year-old Kyle, his mother, Tameka Foster Raymond, his father, Ryan Glover, his stepdad, Usher and Kyle’s four brothers. A family day in the sun should never end this way. Ever.
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