Justice for Lauren Smith-Fields.
According to news sources, Smith-Fields, 23, was found dead in her Connecticut apartment on Dec. 12, 2021. Earlier that day, she went on a date with a white man. The Jasmine Brand reports his name is Matthew LaFountain, and they met on the dating app Bumble.
Smith-Field’s family called the Bridgeport Police Department out, claiming they’ve been negligent in the investigation and believe the situation is a coverup. The PD claims Smith-Filed’s died “unexpectedly,” but the family wasn’t notified. They didn’t know about her death until they discovered a note on her front door from her landlord two days later. Smith-Field’s mother feels there was a lack of humanity and transparency from the PD. She recently spoke out and said,
“No one is going to discard my daughter like she is rubbish. To lose your daughter, your only daughter, your baby girl, at such a ripe age of 23-years-old and to be treated the way we [were] treated by the Bridgeport police station and the department is unacceptable.”
According to the incident report, LaFountain told officers he woke up next to Smith-Fields and saw “blood was coming out of her right nostril” and “she was not breathing.” He called the police and the responding officer described when he arrived, the man appeared “frantic” and was “trembling and visibly shaken.” LaFountain told cops he only knew Smith-Fields for three days, and she got sick while they were drinking the night before. He said at one point, Smith-Fields was in the bathroom for 10 to 15 minutes but eventually came out and fell asleep.
Police are waiting for the cause of death from the medical examiner’s office. Smith-Field’s family wants investigators to look more into the man Smith-Fields was on a date with. LaFountain hasn’t been questioned as a suspect. Cardi B. spoke out on social media, demanding justice for Smith-Fields. On Twitter, Cardi said,
“This is sooo scary!!!A fictional murderer character but in real life!! Justice for Lauren.Connecticut you have failed that young lady!!!”
Take a look:
This is sooo scary!!!A fictional murderer character but in real life!! Justice for Lauren.Connecticut you have failed that young lady!!! pic.twitter.com/hYce46KfYD
— Cardi B (@iamcardib) January 24, 2022
Over the weekend (Jan. 23), Smith-Fields’ family and the community celebrated her 24th birthday and protested for the social media influencer’s justice. The march and rally, dubbed “Justice For Lauren,” began at the Bridgeport Police Department and ended at the city government center.
March on what would have been the 24th birthday of Lauren Smith-Fields of Bridgeport, found dead in her apartment Dec. 12. pic.twitter.com/58ExZhBUx6
— Ethan Fry (@ethanfry) January 23, 2022