SACRAMENTO, CA - Lashawna Threatt, a 30-year-old model who grew up in the Sacramento area, is dead after falling out of a hotel window in Atlanta.
Police said the bizarre accident happened Friday at Threatt's 30th birthday celebration.
"Saturday morning my sister called me and told me what happened," said Jynaia Badie. "When I last talked to her on Friday she said you know I'm turning 30 and I'm not going to have these looks forever."
Badie said she grew up with Threatt in North Highlands where they first met while attending school at Don Julio Junior High School. Badie was proud of her friend for realizing her dream of becoming a model.
"She was doing tons of promotions, taking trips everywhere , doing music videos, meeting with stars. She was all over book covers and hair products," Badie explained.
But Threatt apparently had to overcome many obstacles before going to Atlanta in 2003.
Badie said, "We came up in a rough neighborhood. She had a baby when she was 14, but still managed to continue her education."
The teens moved into an apartment at age 16. They cared for Threatt's young daughter, Emonie.
"We loved to go to the Sacramento River and hang out. We went on double dates and just had a great time," according to Badie.
Threatt also loved having friends over and cooking for them.
Badie said, "She was the funniest, goofiest person you'd ever want to meet. She was always full of energy."
Atlanta police say Threatt's fun-loving nature played a role in her death. She was apparently tickling another woman when both of them crashed through a ten-story window at the W Atlanta-Midtown hotel.
Threatt died and her friend, who's also a model, Ciara Williams, remains hospitalized in critical condition.
Badie said she worries about Threatt's teenage daughter. "She needs her mom. Her mom was her whole world."
Badie added Threatt, "was an amazing mother who will definitely be missed by so many people."
By Karen Massie firstname.lastname@example.org