The dating app Bumble made a few statements following the tragic death of a Black woman who went on a date with a white man using their app.
Lauren Smith-Fields, 23, was found dead in her Connecticut apartment on Dec. 12, 2021. The last person she was with, according to the police, was a white man she knew for a few days and met on Bumble. The man’s name is Matthew LaFountain, 37.
Recently the dating app company released a statement, saying Smith-Fields death deserves a through investigation. They wrote via Instagram,“With additional information about the death of Lauren Smith-Fields coming to light, we continue to be unsettled by this loss. We empathize with Lauren’s family, friends, and beloved community, and we stand by our statement that every parent deserves to know that has happened to their child.“ They continued,
“This matter deserves a thorough and serious investigation for the Fields family to get justice for Lauren.”
Earlier this week, NYDN reported her death was ruled as accidental. The Chief Medical Examiner said Smith-Fields died of “acute intoxication due to the combined effects of fentanyl, promethazine, hydroxyzine, and alcohol.”
Connecticut, police department opened a criminal investigation into her death. Reportedly, LaFountain contacted the police the next morning when he discovered blood coming out of Smith-Fields’ right nostril and noticed that she wasn’t breathing. Despite being the last person who saw her alive, LaFountain has not been questioned as a suspect in connection to the TikTok influencers’ death.