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Angela Simmons was in a fierce child custody battle with her ex-fiance before his untimely death, according to the New York Post.

Just four days before Sutton Tennyson was murdered outside an Atlanta residence Saturday (Nov. 3), he and Simmons faced each other in a Manhattan family courtroom to discuss their son, Sutton Jr.

“It wasn’t lovey-dovey, there’s a reason people go to court,” the source told the publication. The source added Simmons wanted to increase Tennyson’s $1250 per month child support payments.

In July, Simmons was granted temporary full custody of their toddler. Last year December, she was granted a restraining order against Tennyson after she claimed the businessman was abusive. It was the same month when the two called it quits on their relationship.

The source said Tennyson was seeking joint custody of their son, whom he kept in contact with via FaceTime.

“He tried hard to be in the child’s life,” the source added.

Tennyson’s attorney, Daniel Nottes, said, “It’s devastating to hear about this tragedy. Mr. Tennyson was a loving father. It’s very sad his son will grow up without him.”

Simmons’ attorney was mum on the revelations, telling the Post: “Ms. Simmons has no comment and thanks the media for respecting her privacy as she grieves the tragic loss of her son’s father.”

Shortly after news broke about Tennyson’s murder, Simmons took to social media to pay tribute to her son’s father.

“Thank you for leaving behind my greatest gift,” Simmons wrote in a post to her 5.5 million Instagram followers Sunday. “I’m hurting. I’m numb. I promise to hold SJ down in every way I promise.”

There are little-known details about Tennyson’s murder, except that Tennyson and a man were engaged in an argument before he was fatally shot. The suspect fled the scene and has yet to be apprehended.

The Shade Room was first to report on Tennyson’s death.

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