Amira Jennings dreamed of opening up her own beauty salon one day.
The 17-year-old loved to do her hair and makeup — even if she wasn’t going anywhere special, her mother said.
“One day her hair would be blue, one minute it would be red, one minuted it’d be black. One minute she’d cut it off and go natural,” said her mother, Heather Faulkner. “She was just, she was perfect.”
Jennings was killed in a hit-and-run crash on I-695 in Rosedale in the early hours of Thursday morning. Her car had broken down, and she and a friend had gotten out of the vehicle when a car struck them both. Jennings’ 18-year-old friend was injured and was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview.
Jennings had been through a bad crash before, her family said.
In 2010, she was in the back seat of her mother’s car when a drunk driver struck them, leaving her mother with several broken bones and her brother in need of plastic surgery. But Amira escaped with only a few scratches, Faulkner said.
Family members remembered Jennings as a kind-hearted, and sometimes goofy, young woman. She was hardworking, too, they said.
Faulkner gifted her a car last Christmas to reward her for the straight A’s she earned at Overlea High School, where she was recently named captain of the dance team.
After her senior year, Jennings hoped to find an apartment of her own and attend beauty school, her mother said. She’d been working at the Checkers restaurant on Joppa Road to save up.
Jennings loved visiting her 19-year-old brother, who had his own apartment near Cedonia in Northeast Baltimore. She had driven there on Wednesday night, and her mother was there to see her off.
Jennings used to take her 9-year-old brother to school in the mornings when her mother, a Baltimore County school bus driver, was already at work. Then, after school, she’d take him to go get a snack, Faulkner said.
“She spoiled him,” Faulkner said.
Jennings’ grandmother, Myra Faulkner, has fond memories of running errands with the 17-year-old.
“She was my road buddy when I go shopping,” Myra Faulkner said. “She helps keep me up to style because I’m 70 years old.”
The two watched Amira’s favorite television shows together, Faulkner said, like “Vampire Diaries.” Faulkner didn’t like the “teenager shows” all that much, but she’d stick around and watch anyway, so she could spend time with her granddaughter. And sometimes they’d watch Myra Faulkner’s favorites, too — the oldies.
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