In the weeks before Lauren Astley was killed, the mother of defendant Nathaniel Fujita visited her at the Natick Mall boutique where she worked and had an emotional conversation with the girl who was once her son’s sweetheart, according to testimony Thursday.
“It seemed to be a bit of a serious conversation,” said Maeghen Reineke, the manager of Store 344, where Astley worked at the time of her death, in July 2011. “Lauren was a person who was really spunky. She had her arms crossed and she was leaning against the wall, and Beth [Fujita] seemed to be speaking to her a little earnestly. She looked a little upset, from what I could see.”