The family of Lauren Smith-Fields have heaped praise on Cardi B for being ‘instrumental’ in the investigation into her death.
The 23-year-old, from Connecticut, was found dead on December 12 after going on a Bumble date, with officials determining that her cause of death was acute intoxication.
They ruled that she was killed by ‘acute intoxication due to the combined effects of fentanyl, promethazine, hydroxyzine and alcohol’.
The WAP rapper, 29, was shocked by the reports and tweeted this week to draw attention to the case, telling followers: ‘Justice for Lauren. Connecticut you have failed that young lady!!!’
Following her posts, police officers announced that they were opening a criminal case into what led to Smith-Fields’ death.
Her loved ones have now shared their thanks to Cardi for publicly speaking out on social media and demanding ‘justice’ for her.
An attorney for the family told TMZ that she was ‘instrumental in getting Lauren’s tragic death to become a criminal case’, claiming that ‘police launched their investigation only after Cardi spoke out’.
They explained that her posts ‘brought extra attention and made a big impact’, as there has been ‘a ton’ of progress ever since.
The family were said to be overjoyed over the musician’s tweets, and have extended an open invitation for her to check in with them for an update.
Those close to Smith-Fields previously blasted the investigation into her death, accusing the police of being ‘racially insensitive’ in their handling of the case.
A family representative told News 12 Connecticut that they also belief that she wouldn’t have willingly taken the drugs found in her system.
‘We do not believe she took those drugs voluntarily, we do not believe if she took those drugs, she knew what she was taking. We don’t believe she took them voluntarily at all,’ family representative Alexis Farrow said.
Farrow said the family felt like the Bridgeport Police Department handled the case poorly.
‘Of course we care how Lauren died, but we don’t want the narrative to change, and we don’t want the focus to change,’ the representative added.
‘The bottom line is no matter how she passed away, it was not investigated properly, and it was not handled properly.’
The Bridgeport Police Department said they had to wait for the full medical examiner’s report before launching an investigation.
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