GSU mourns rapping prodigy

The New York native and protégé of the late Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes, Natina Reed was killed this past Friday in a fatal car accident. Reed, 32, was a member of the 90s R&B singing trio Blaque, who was signed by Lisa Lopes. She also starred in the hit 2000 film “Bring it On”, as a cheerleader, along with her band mates. 

Beginning her birthday weekend, Friday Oct. 26 in Georgia, Reed was crossing the street around 10:30p.m. to get snacks from a local CITGO gas station on the other side of the road. While crossing the road she was struck by a red Honda Accord that killed her instantly.

The driver immediately called 911 while the passenger tried to revive Reed. When the police arrived she was transported to the Gwinnett Medical Center, but once she arrived she was pronounced dead. 

Reports said that Reed was not walking inside the crosswalk at the time of the fatal incident. The Gwinnett County Police Department also said that the driver was not at fault and no charges will be filed.

As reports still form her tragic death, many fans and celebrities all over the world have made many tweets and postings mourning the death of the singer. 

“My world as I know it has forever changed, life will never be the same….she was my sister,” wrote Shamari Fears, member of Blaque. Gabrielle Union, who also starred in Bring It On, simply tweeted, #RIP #SAD #BringItOn. 

Along with celebrities, students on campus have also mourned the news of her death. Freshman Ashley Pollard, freshman, expressed her love for Reed and the group by saying, “So many good artists die way too soon.” On Twitter, Joiya Smith, freshman, said, “I was watching Bring it On Saturday when I found out she died,” then later stated, “It’s so sad.” 

On behalf of The Gramblinite and Grambling State University, we send our prayers and blessings to the Reed family and her close ones during this difficult time.