R&B singer Natina Reed’s parents voiced their frustration with the Gwinnett police investigation into Reed’s death during a midday press conference in downtown Atlanta on Thursday.
“We are hurt and distraught about the untimely death of our daughter Natina,” said Reed’s mother, Tamara Goodridge, during a 1 p.m. press conference. “We have been asking for the preliminary report from police. Why did it take so long for them to give it to us?,” she asked.
According to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, the police report was made public on Wednesday — 3 days after Reed was struck and killed on a dark stretch of highway late Friday.
Gwinnett Police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter told the AJC his office had no record of anyone requesting the police report — other than the media.
But Mrs. Goodrich denies the cop’s version of events. She also disputed the police report’s address for Reed — a motel where police say Reed was living.
“It’s not true,” Goodridge said. “She was in transition, about to move to a new home.”
The driver of the red Honda that hit Reed stopped and called 911 to report the accident. No charges are pending against the driver.
There are unconfirmed rumors that Reed was kicked out of a car following a drunken argument with the driver. She was 12 miles from her last known address when she was killed.
Police are awaiting toxicology reports to determine if Reed was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Reed’s parents and police want to speak with anyone who knows Reed’s whereabouts in the hours before she was killed.
Reed, a member of the popular 1990s R&B group Blaque, planned a reunion with group members Brandi Williams and Shamari Fears-DeVoe, pictured above with Reed’s 10-year-old son Tren Brown on Oct. 29. Fears-DeVoe says there was also a reality TV show in the works.
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