Dating violence bystander
Lauren's family saw new meaning in their "typical teen" drama: the fights, the constant cycle of breakups and reunions, the young man's retreat from social life after the breakup.
But as the couple's case shows, the line between adolescent drama and dating violence is a hard one to draw, especially in the moment.
"Chances are, you have a friend, brother, sister or neighbor who will be affected by relationship violence," she said.
"The question is, how good of a friend, brother, sister or neighbor are you going to be?
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Nate had shown signs of jealousy in the past, but nobody suspected he would hurt Lauren.
The next day, her body was found in a marsh about five miles from his home.
He had strangled her with a bungee cord, stabbed her multiple times and slashed her throat.
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(CNN) -- Lauren Astley knew her ex-boyfriend was having a hard time getting over their breakup.
It requires community intervention, marketing and government policies, much like the fight to change perceptions of drunken driving and smoking.