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The death of Nicole Kennedy-Pride has sparked an investigation into allegations of family violence prior to being found dead in her home last Friday.

According to affidavits filed by Nicole Kennedy-Pride less than a month before her death, her estranged husband, Matthew Kenton Pride, had assaulted and threatened to kill her.

Nicole Kennedy-Pride had filed for divorce on Jan. 31 and was granted a temporary restraining order against Matthew Pride that very day. Matthew Pride filed a counter-petition for divorce and a temporary agreement was reached on Feb. 4. The case was to be heard on June 1.

Matthew Pride was arrested the same day Nicole Kennedy-Pride was found dead on charges of violating the protective order that was filed against him. He is now free after paying his $25,000 bond.

On Tuesday, Nicole Kennedy-Pride’s mother filed a petition with the 354th District Court requesting a temporary restraining order against Matthew Pride in regards to the couple’s 14-year-old son, alleging Matthew Pride has a history of family violence. The order is set to be considered March 5.

Greenville Police Department officials have not named Matthew Pride as a suspect concerning the death of Nicole Kennedy-Pride.

Her cause of death has not yet been released.