R&B singer Natina Reed's troubled life ended in tragedy when she was struck and killed by a motorist as she walked along a dark stretch of highway in Decatur late Friday.
The singer was living at a seedy, rundown extended stay motel about 12 miles from where she was killed, according to a police incident report obtained by The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The police report listed Reed's address as 7065 Jimmy Carter Blvd., the address of an extended stay motel in Norcross. Reed was killed at the intersection of Lawrenceville Highway (U.S. 29) near Hamilton Road, just north of Lilburn.
Police theorize that Reed may have been dropped off by someone in the area near where she was struck.
“Anyone who might have information about anything that could help us determine why she was there, anything to help us understand how this came together,” said police spokesman Sgt. Rich Long, who added: “As of right now, it does not appear that the driver has any fault in this event.”
Reed had a history of alcohol and substance abuse dating back to her days as a member of the popular R&B group Blaque. Reed had multiple DUI charges on her arrest record.
Reed's father, Paul Reed, said she was on her cell phone when she was struck from behind by a car. “She was walking across the street on the phone, and the next thing she’s on the floor.”
Blaque member Shamari Fears-DeVoe (pictured above left), who is married to Ronald DeVoe of New Edition, tweeted, “My world as I know it has forever changed. Until we meet again, may you find comfort in the arms of an angel. I love you Natina.”
Shamari told Channel 2 Action News that she spoke with Reed by phone "exactly 2 hours" before she died. The women were reportedly planning a Blaque reunion and a reality TV show.
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