A 25 year old that hails from New York. When she was very young, her mother died, leaving her with her father and older brother. They lived relatively normal lives. When she was 20, Lauren became a waitress at a bar in the city and her brother enlisted in the army. After 5 years, her brother was honorably discharged and sent home. Lauren and her father were driving down to Florida to pick him up and had stopped at a relatives house in Georgia when the outbreak began. She was forced to kill her father because he had turned, and hid out with her aunt in an abandoned house for about two weeks. Her aunt got sick however, forcing Lauren to leave and find medicine. As she arrived at the grocery store, she stumbled upon a horde of walkers, panicked and ran without turning back. She travels light, carrying only a baseball bat and a bag of personal effects from her former life. She carries a picture of her family and the last letter she ever got from her brother, among other things.
Some would call her overly shy but after losing everyone close to her, it is her defense mechanism. She believes that if she doesn’t get close to people she won’t get upset if she loses them. Her walls are somewhat broken down when she runs into Danny and Anna, and finds herself caring a great deal for them. She forges a silent but strong bond with Cathy. As the group grows, her perspectives change and she comes to think of them all as family. Lauren still holds out hope that someday she will be reunited with her brother.