There is little doubt that Laletha Hutton Reed died a violent death last week, after being assaulted by multiple assailants near 13th and Chautaqua, in northeast Wichita, despite police claims to the contrary. Photos taken of Letha in the hospital show severe bruising to both eye sockets, scrapes and bruising on her elbows and knees, and severe swelling of her facial bones, as well as cuts on her face.
The Wichita Police Department is denying that Letha was attacked and state that medical evidence shows she died of a cocaine overdose. Lt. Joe Schroeder told KAKE News that while a verbal confrontation did occur, there was no physical altercation.
However, the photos taken by Letha’s family tell a different story. Kansas Exposed has obtained these photos, but we have decided not to post them at this time, out of respect for her grieving family and friends.
Several videos of Letha being savagely beaten were uploaded to Snapchat, a mobile app that automatically deletes content 24 hours after it is uploaded. At least one such video was shared by a Snapchat account using the name “ISDCMONEY316”, according to witnesses who viewed the video before it was removed.
The owner of that Snapchat account was reportedly not involved, but lives nearby and started recording a fight between Letha and a girl referred to as “December”, not realizing how serious the situation would get.
Witnesses who were on the scene claim that the Wichita Police Department did not conduct a crime scene investigation when they arrived, choosing not to collect forensic evidence.
Letha’s family has obtained legal representation and are demanding that the case be reopened, and that those responsible for this crime be arrested.