The Tragic Story of Lauren Johansen and the Danger of Domestic Violence

The Tragic Story of Lauren Johansen and the Danger of Domestic Violence
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Lauren’s Horrific Injuries

For the first time, grue­some pho­tos show the injuries nurs­ing stu­dent Lau­ren Johansen suf­fered after being bru­tal­ly beat­en by her ex-boyfriend Bricen Rivers in December. 

The pho­tos reveal her petite body cov­ered in bruis­es and her face so swollen and bloody she was bare­ly recognizable. 

Lau­ren’s physi­cian father Lance Johansen doc­u­ment­ed her wounds to show courts the dan­ger Rivers posed as he await­ed trial.

A History of Abuse and Stalking

Lau­ren’s fam­i­ly says Rivers had stalked her on and off for years, break­ing into her apart­ment and start­ing fights with men she dated. 

They were shocked when she rec­on­ciled with Rivers, which Lance attrib­ut­es to “bat­tered woman syn­drome.” On a trip to Nashville, Rivers flew into a rage, beat­ing Lau­ren and hold­ing her cap­tive for an hour in their car.

Judge’s Decision Led to Tragedy

Despite Lau­ren and Lance’s pleas, the judge agreed to low­er River­s’s bond, allow­ing his June 24 release. Just nine days lat­er, Lau­ren was found murdered. 

Her bru­tal­ized body wrapped in sheets and bags showed she suf­fered ter­ri­bly before her death. Rivers is now charged with murder.

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