The Wood family has moved from their home in Los Angeles to a condo in Santa Ana, California, for a new start.
But there’s no guarantee that Lauren will return to the comfort of their small Los Angeles home.
Lauren’s mother, Sharon Wood, says they were concerned for her safety, as she had not spoken with her since she died last week.
“She didn’t know where she was, and she didn’t want to know where we were,” Sharon Wood told ABC News.
“It’s hard to know how to care for her.
I didn’t even know her family.”
Lauren Wood was 27 years old when she died.
She was the daughter of Jordan and Sharon Wood.
She graduated from Santa Ana High School in 2014 and had worked as a housekeeper at a local spa.
Lauren was also a student at UC Berkeley and had recently been accepted into UCLA’s Graduate School of Business.
According to a statement from her parents, Lauren had suffered a severe brain injury that left her unable to speak.
“The family appreciates all of the outpouring of support they have received from friends and family,” the statement read.
Lauren’s death has left many families with questions, especially since it happened so close to the Woods’ daughter’s graduation, which is the day she will graduate. “
This is very sad news and we wish Lauren the best in all her future endeavors.”
Lauren’s death has left many families with questions, especially since it happened so close to the Woods’ daughter’s graduation, which is the day she will graduate.
“There are a lot of questions swirling around her right now,” Sharon Woods said.
“What’s going to happen to her?
What is her mental health like?
What do we do for her?”
“I don’t want her to die alone,” Sharon added.
“I want her with me.”
Lauren and her family, including her mother, left their Los Angeles neighborhood and moved to Santa Ana in August to make the transition to a new home.
But they have struggled to keep their new home tidy.
Lauren left a note that read, “My room is messy.
I am very sad about this.
Thank you for keeping me grounded and out of trouble.”
They had been renting a two-bedroom condo in the San Gabriel Valley since they moved to Los Angeles, but now the house they bought with a loan is only two bedrooms.
“We’ve been in the house for two years and it’s a huge mess,” Sharon said.
The new home in Santa Annes has been renovated and will have more space for the Wood family, but the family is not sure what will happen to their old house.
“Everything is going to be done to fix it,” Sharon told ABC.
“But that’s not really up to us.
It’s up to her.”
Lauren had gone through multiple surgeries for brain injuries.
She had also undergone a mental health evaluation.
“My doctor said Lauren was very close to death,” Sharon continued.
“He was very worried.
I think he felt that Lauren was about to die and that she was going to end up in the hospital and maybe be in a coma.”
Lauren has a lot more mental health issues, and Sharon said she worries that Lauren might end up “treating people who aren’t treating her well.”
“We’re really worried about her,” Sharon explained.
“They don’t really know what’s going on in her mind.”
In the wake of Lauren’s murder, friends and neighbors have rallied to offer support to the family.
“Liked it,” wrote one Facebook user who called herself “Lauren Woods” and described herself as Lauren’s best friend.
“Laurene and I are devastated,” the user wrote.
“A good friend and confidant, we are still working through this.
Love ya, Lauren!”
Another friend, named “Mandy” added, “Loved her so much.
I hope this helps Lauren, and that her family can move on.”
The Woods said they would like to keep the Wood home, but they don’t know how they are going to get there.
“That’s where we have been, so I guess we can’t really say where we are,” Sharon shared.
“Hopefully, we will be able to get her home.”