Actress/Singer Natina Reed of the group Blaque was finally laid to rest last weekend and it was her son’s father, rapper Kurupt, who footed the bill for the funeral services.
Investigators are still trying to piece together details surrounding the talented 32 year old singer’s death, after she was struck & killed on a dark stretch of highway in Gwinnett County, Georgia.
Other than the driver (who was not charged) and a passenger in the car, no additional witnesses have come forward.
Oddly enough, the incident report listed Reed’s address as 7065 Jimmy Carter Blvd., which is the address of an extended stay motel in Norcross, and many have speculated that she may have been homeless at the time of her death.
Details + more photos below…
The motel listed as Reed’s primary address is a questionable spot filled with transients but according to the AJC, Reed’s mother’s Tamara Goodridge said the motel was NOT her daughter’s permanant address.
Goodridge explained that Reed “…was in transition, about to move into a new home.”
Yet and still, the family is frustrated that there is little information surrounding Reed’s death and they still seek answers, determined to make sense of it all for Reed’s 10 year old son, Tren, who was in the custody of his father.
Through the police report, they know that authorities received a call around 10:30 p.m. on the night of October 26th, that a woman had been struck by a red Honda Accord on Lawrenceville Highway near Hamilton Road, just north of Lilburn.
Investigators are still trying to determine why Reed was in the roadway and whether she was crossing or walking alongside it. Reed was reportedly wearing dark clothing in an area that had no lighting.
Other than the driver, who was not charged, and a passenger in the car, there did not appear to be any additional witnesses, according to the incident report and authorities still await the results of toxicology reports, which are standard in fatal accidents.
Reed was laid to rest Saturday, November 3, 2012 and according to TMZ, the father of Reed’s 10 year old son, Tren, footed the bill for the services:
Kurupt — the father of Reed’s 10-year-old son Tren — is footing the bill for service as well as for the gathering after.
We’re told Tren will remain in Kurupt’s custody — like he has for the past four years — and that Kurupt hopes Tren will maintain a close relationship with Reed’s family.
Chilli and T-Boz from TLC, rappers Big Boi, Daz and Snoop Dogg (or whatever he’s calling himself these days) are all expected to be in attendance today … as well as members of Reed’s R&B group, Blaque.
On the day of the funeral, Kurupt tweeted out a photo of their son, along with some heartfelt words for Natina:
In addition to her parents and son, survivors include, sisters, Niesha Reed of Atlanta, Genni Reed of New York; brother, Michael Whalen of Atlanta; grandparents, John A. and Florine Reed of New York; step-father Mark Goodridge of Covington; step-mother Luci Reed of Atlanta; and seven step-siblings in London.
R.I.P. Natina Reed… gone too soon.