Episode 51 – Lauren Phelps (Hugelmaier)

In 2017, twenty-nine-year-old Lauren Ashley-Nicole Phelps appeared to have her whole life ahead of her. The newlywed lived in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband Matthew Phelps, where she taught Sunday school, owned her own business, and was busy mapping out her future.

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Fleslit – She A Goofy 

The Funkoars – Feel The Madness

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