The death of Lauren Smith-Fields caught national attention and added to discourse about racial bias in missing persons and death investigations. Just weeks before Christmas 2021, 23-year-old Lauren Smith-Fields died in her Connecticut apartment under what some consider suspicious circumstances. When police arrived at the scene, the only witness to Smith-Fields's death was a man she had met on Bumble just three days prior.
In the weeks following her untimely death, Smith-Fields's family alleged that local police violated their civil liberties and demonstrated racial discrimination.
At the time of her death, Smith-Fields was studying to be a physical therapist and was considered an influencer on Instagram and YouTube. "No one is going to discard my daughter as rubbish," Shantell Fields told a crowd at a rally on what would have been Smith-Fields's 24th birthday. "She had a life, she had a business, she was in college, and she had a family and friends that love her," Fields added.
This list unpacks what we know about the death and alleged murder of Lauren Smith-Fields.
On December 12, 2021, Police Found Lauren Smith-Fields Dead In Her Apartment
Matthew LaFountain, Who Smith-Fields Met On A Dating App, Was Staying With Her On The 11th When She 'Fell Ill'
Smith-Fields Had Reportedly Been Dead For 'At Least An Hour' By The Time Medics Arrived
Authorities Did Not Name LaFountain As A Person Of Interest
No One Notified Smith-Fields's Family Of Her Death
Authorities Ruled Smith-Fields's Death An Accidental Overdose