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2 people charged under Len Bias Law after November overdose death of Emma Lorenz

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 Lorenz

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.

Steve and Julie Lorenz

Steve and 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.”

Emma Lorenz

Emma Lorenz

"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.

Emma Lorenz

Emma Lorenz

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.

3 comments

  • Metal Maniac

    Stop passing blame, your daughter was a druggie because AS PARENTS you failed to teach her how to say NO to drugs and failed to form a close bond with her to understand everything going on in her life.

    • Kay

      Are you serious. people use because of the pain in their lives that they just can’t seem to overcome. People are hurting. You have no heart. I was the best mother, Christian, church going, kids in Christian schools, very involved in my kids lives. Married 30 years. My poor son was abused by the neighbor as a small child. This messed him up. He died from an overdose. You don’t have a clue about life. All you have is a small mind that cannot process beyond your own thinking. You are missing the “human” part in your problem solving. You are a limited thinker, and therefore, your words have no value of educated worth. Wait, your time is coming and your worthless opinions will change. You will eat your own words.

  • tyroneshoelaces

    It was the black guy that got the drugs why are they both charged for this, the girl just happened to be there to do the drugs. They’re all losers but let the charge fit the crime. @ the deleter, I can do this all day and night.

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