Reward for arrest in Tamara Greene's death grows to $102K+

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
Tamara Greene

The reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects in the slaying of an exotic dancer embroiled in a Kwame Kilpatrick scandal has gotten a $100,000 boost.

Crime Stoppers of Michigan officials will hold a news conference Wednesday to announce the reward, which now totals $102,500 thanks to an anonymous donor. The 2 p.m. news conference will be held at Crime Stoppers' offices in Southfield.

Tamara Greene, an exotic dancer who went by the name "Strawberry," was killed April 30, 2003, at the age of 27.

Greene, a single mother of three, was pulling her car up to a curb at Roselawn and West Outer Drive on Detroit's northwest side when an unknown person in a white Chevrolet Blazer passed by her vehicle and fired multiple gunshots.

Four months before her death, Greene allegedly performed at a party for  Kilpatrick at the city’s Manoogian Mansion. The existence of that party was never formally proven.

Greene's family filed a lawsuit in 2005 in U.S. District Court against Kilpatrick and the city, claiming the disgraced mayor and his appointees obstructed the police probe into her April 2003 drive-by killing.

The lawsuit, which sought $154 million in damages, was denied in 2011 by U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen. Steven Rhodes, a U.S. bankruptcy judge, disallowed and expunged the lawsuit in 2014.

Last year, Greene's death became the basis for a true crime drama called “Strawberry — What Party?”

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