Family and friends gathered at Wieuca Road Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, Friday for the funeral service of 11-year-old Kile Glover. Kile was the son of Tameka Foster Raymond and Ryan Glover, and step-son of recording artist Usher.
Kile was honored with a video and collection of photos entitled “A Beautiful Mind.” Included in the funeral program, which was a testament to how much Kile loved and was loved by his family, was a postcard sent by him from his iPhone just before the accident:
“Hello from paradise, wishing you were here,” Kile wrote. “Our vacation is everything we have hoped for and more. We’re also excited to come home to family and friends.”
Kile was dressed in a white suit and glasses, and his body arrived at the service in a white horse-drawn buggy. Atlanta Mayor Kaseem Reed said special remarks about the child who left such an indelible mark on the world in such a brief time, reports Sister2Sister Magazine.
Many Atlanta dignitaries came to show their support for the family, including Patti Labelle, Ludacris, Fred Hammond, former Mayor Bill Campbell, Ambassador Andrew Young, Nene Leakes and producer Jazze Pha.
The funeral arrangements were entrusted to Attorney Phaedra Parks and the famed Watkins Funeral Home, under the direction of Mr. Willie Watkins.
As previously reported by NewsOne, after being critically injured in a jet-ski accident on Atlanta’s Lake Lanier July 8, Kile was on life support for almost 2 weeks before his heart stopped beating. It was initially reported that his parents had decided to take him off of life support, but according to a source speaking under condition of anonymity, Raymond, still hoping for a miracle, had no plans to make that devastating decision.
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“We know God’s in control, and are leaning on our faith in Him and His word at this most difficult time,” Kile’s family said in their first public statement on July 11. “We firmly believe in the power of prayer and ask that you all continue to pray and lift Kile up, as it’s the best way we can all support him now.”
See images of Kile’s life and funeral service here:
Family friend Jeffrey Hubbard, 38, was identified as the man who ran over Kile and a 15-year-old girl on his personal watercraft. An investigation by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources ruled out alcohol as a deciding factor in the accident and no charges have been filed to date.
See home video of Kile here:
Speaking publicly for the first time since the accident, Tameka Foster Raymond posted the following on her Twitter page:
To donate to the Kile Glover Fund, Raymond tweeted, send contributions to “Bank of America Acct # 3340 3823 9828 OR via PayPal email TheKileGloverFund@gmail.com.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the Glover and Raymond families during this extremely difficult time.
Rest in peace, Sweet Prince.