LAUREN KIDD • Slain 21-year-old remembered as a devoted friend, mom
Lauren Kidd was supposed to color her daughter's hair for Halloween on the night her family discovered she was missing.
Kidd, 21, was going to color her 3-year-old daughter's hair pink so she could be Pinkie Pie, a My Little Pony character, for a trick-or-treating event in downtown Broken Arrow.
Kidd's maternal instinct extended beyond her own daughter, as her mother, Christa Kidd, said she felt the need to care for everyone.
“I always thought it was overwhelming, ... but it didn't matter, she needed to help. She needed to be there for her friends,” Christa Kidd said.
Lauren had the habit of talking friends and acquaintances through tough times, through suicidal thoughts or just through life's problems, she said.
Lauren was last seen Oct. 27, the day she was supposed to go trick-or-treating with her daughter. Konner James Brunner, 22, was later arrested on allegations he fatally shot Lauren in the passenger seat of his Dodge Dart. Christa said Lauren had known Brunner since high school, and they had an on-again, off-again relationship.
Brunner allegedly abandoned her body near 51st Street and 145th East Avenue, but no evidence was found there. Investigators determined that a red substance recovered from Brunner's passenger seat was human blood.
Christa said the family realized Lauren was missing when she didn't show up to take her daughter trick-or-treating. They traced her timeline back to Brunner, she said. Brunner reportedly aided in the search for Lauren before an acquaintance reported seeing blood in his car.
Brunner has since been charged with first-degree murder. Investigators have not been able to locate Lauren's body.
Lauren's daughter does not know yet her mother was killed, Christa said.
“We don't really have an end of the story,” Christa said. “We
wanted to get family and talk to (Lauren's daughter).”
Christa said the family has gone through old photographs and videos of Lauren. She said they want to put together a collection so the 3-year-old daughter, Addison, could know later in life who her mother was.
“She always made time for her friends,” Christa said. “Any time anybody needed anything, she was there to help them out, whether she was able or not.”
Those photographs show horseback riding, fun at the lake, music, camping and “hanging out with friends, like all normal teens.”
Lauren had while she was still a senior in high school. She still graduated, Christa said, and spent the next two years at home with Addison.
“She was very strongwilled,” Christa said. “She loved spending time with (Addison).”
Lauren's family has set up a memorial fund in her name at Tulsa Teachers Credit Union, where donations can be made for a memorial. Any leftover funds will go into a trust fund for Addison, Christa said.
No services have been set for Lauren Kidd as the search for her body continues. Broken Arrow police on Thursday searched near a paper mill, where her body may have arrived after reportedly being dumped in a recycle bin, without result. Those with information on the possible whereabouts of Lauren Kidd's body may contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 918-596-COPS (2677).