Cardi B Calls For Justice For Lauren Smith-Fields, A Black Woman Who Was Found Dead Following A Bumble Date W/ An Older White Man
Cardi B is using her platform to help spread awareness about the unfortunate death of a young black influencer, Lauren Smith-Fields.
Over the weekend (Jan. 23) Cardi B, 29, took to her Twitter and called out people who are spreading misinformation surrounding the alleged murder of 23-year-old social media influencer Lauren Smith-Fields. The ‘Up’ rapper shared that, despite what some may think, Lauren Smith-Fields’ suspected murderer, Matthew LaFountain, 37, wasn’t an elderly man or someone she was using for money. She tweeted,
“Naa this man don’t look old and it’s not old at all and yet the media made it seem like she was wit [an] old a** man lookin to trick on her. I’m disgusted on how they spin the narrative [especially] because I see people saying online ‘that’s wat she gets’”
Cardi B continued and addressed the state of Connecticut for the way the case has been handled so far. She tweeted,
“This is sooo scary!!!A fictional murderer character but in real life!! Justice for Lauren. Connecticut you have failed that young lady!!!”
According to reports, Lauren Smith-Fields was found dead in her apartment on Dec. 12, 2021, following a Bumble date she had with a white man named Matthew LaFountain. According to a Bridgeport Police Department report, Smith-Fields and LaFountain were drinking tequila at her apartment when she became ill and briefly stepped away to vomit. The pair then reportedly continued to drink until Smith-Fields got a text and stepped outside of the apartment unit to get something from her brother.
According to the incident report, when she returned to her apartment Smith-Fields went to the bathroom for several minutes. The police report added that LaFountain later told officers that,
“he thought it was odd, but didn’t feel it was his place to say anything as he didn’t know her that well,”
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. According to reports, despite being the last person who saw her alive, LaFountain has not been questioned as a suspect in connection to Smith-Fields’ death.
Smith-Fields’ family has been very vocal about the alleged inconsistencies in LaFountain’s story and the police report. Her brother, who saw her the night of her passing, shared that his sister met him outside to bring his basket of clothes. In a statement, he added that at the time of their meeting she wasn’t drunk and “didn’t look sick.” He said,
“I didn’t know that anybody was in there. She came out and she was out there for like 10-15 minutes and she walked back into the house. She looked normal. She didn’t look sick, she didn’t look tired, she didn’t look drunk. I’m her second older brother, if I would have seen her drunk I would’ve said ‘What are you doing?’ … ‘Why do you look like that?’”
Smith-Fields’ family is also calling out the Bridgeport Police Department for mishandling the investigation of the case and not collecting evidence from the apartment. Shantell Fields, Smith-Fields’ mother, shared that she found a condom with semen inside her daughter’s apartment, in addition to a pill that the family believes may be a sedative.
Her brother added,
“The first night we saw cups there, flipped plates and the lube. The cops didn’t take any of the cups to test the liquor. There was a big stain of blood in the middle of her bed, with streaks going to the right side.”
The family’s attorney released a statement on their behalf and said,
“There’s a typical protocol that’s followed when you have a situation like this. If you have a husband or wife or boyfriend or girlfriend call the police because one of them is dead, typically the person who is surviving is pivotal to the investigation. Most times they are looked at as a suspect because they were the last person with the deceased, and in this particular case, the police have been very hesitant to even call this person a ‘person of interest.’”
Smith-Fields’ family announced on Jan. 16 they plan on suing the police department. They have also launched a GoFundMe in hopes of raising money to hire a private investigator to look into Smith-Fields’ death.
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