She grew up in Millersville, in Anne Arundel County, and came to Baltimore 23 years ago "because I was introduced to heroin, and living in the city I was closer to what I wanted." A boyfriend brought her here to hang out with the car club guys on Friday nights, lines of kitted-out VW Jettas, and the Mercedes club too, with the big wheels. She was a senior in high school then. Good at sports. Varsity soccer and softball. Her mother left when she was 5; her father "beat me like a man," she says. The cars and the people in them were "so exciting to me," she says. "Most of those guys were in their late 20s." She imagined herself in a Mercedes. "Most of them were big-time drug dealers," she says.