MILWAUKEE -- Charges are filed in a rare Milwaukee County Len Bias case. That's where alleged drug dealers are held accountable for overdose deaths. Two people have been criminally charged in connection with the November heroin overdose death of Emma Lorenz.
Emma's parents are speaking out -- devastated by their daughters death and hope justice will be served.
Every day that's gone by since her death is a reminder for Julie and Steve Lorenz that their daughter, 18-year-old Emma, is no longer here.
"She was the best daughter ever in the whole wide world," said Julie Lorenz.
According to court documents, on November 27th, Emma was found on the kitchen floor of a Milwaukee home near the Spring Hill Cemetery on S. Oak Park Court near Adler and Hawley. Life-saving efforts were unsuccessful, and Lorenz was pronounced dead around 11:00 a.m.
An autopsy revealed Lorenz died as a result of acute heroin toxicity.
Police say 18-year-old Kendall Marinier admitted to buying the heroin with Emma, and giving it to her. After discovering Emma dead, police say Marinier allegedly “cleaned up the scene — flushing the heroin and used aluminum foil down the toilet.”
"It's an epidemic man. We're unfortunately part of the stats and Em's gone and this is where we are," said Steve Lorenz.
Emma's parents say their daughter had only met Marinier 12 days before she died on Facebook. Emma was only looking for friends.
"She wanted friends. She was willing to do anything to have a best friend," said Julie Lorenz.
20-year-old Keslear Davis allegedly drove the girls to a specific location to buy the drugs. Police say Marinier also had two priors at the time of Emma's passing: in October, she was charged with possession of narcotic drugs and felony bail jumping, and in August, she was charged with armed robbery as party to a crime.
"If you're arrested for armed robbery and intent to distribute, two felonies and you're sitting at home meeting new kids -- how did that work out for us?" said Lorenz' parents.
18-year-old Kendall Marinier of Milwaukee faces one count of first degree reckless homicide (delivery of drugs – Len Bias Law) as party to a crime, and two counts of felony bail jumping.
20-year-old Keslear Davis of Milwaukee faces one count of first degree reckless homicide (delivery of drugs – Len Bias Law) as party to a crime.