Tameka Raymond is sending her "sincere gratitude" to the people who kept her and her family in their prayers "and remained hopeful" as her son Kile lay dying after being struck by a personal watercraft while floating in an inner tube on Georgia's Lake Lanier. In the statement posted to Global Grind, Tameka also gives her side of the custody battle in which she's engaged with her ex-husband Usher.
"Sadly, I remain in the unfortunate position of having to respond to and attend court proceedings that were not initiated or begun by me," she writes. "I did not file this custody case (January 2011) and was content with the ‘joint custody’ arrangement that we share."
Tameka adds that she does not want to be in court while she's mourning the loss of her son. "But I do not want to delay thus prolong these proceedings either..." She writes that she wants to continue with the "arduous process," in hopes that she can move through what she calls the "most difficult period in my life."
Tameka writes that she's been defending herself and protecting the interest of her children, and she "cannot control how the media reports are written/slanted/spun or even how court documents may be manipulated in their attribution of certain statements as if they are direct 'quotes' from me."
Tameka adds that you can't believe everything you "read or hear." Just before closing her statement, she writes, "My boys are my entire world and I will fight tooth and nail to keep all of my sons together as a family, I pray for a swift, peaceful resolution so that we all can move forward."
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