Las Vegas Suspect Once Appeared in Inspirational Video After Turning Her Life Around

Playing Las Vegas Suspect Was Once Praised As Role Model in Inspirational Video

The young mother accused of deliberately mowing down nearly 40 people on a Las Vegas Strip was once honored for turning her life around in spite of challenging circumstances that would defeat the most strong-willed of persons.

Lakeisha Holloway, 24, was once lauded for overcoming lifelong struggles to become the first in her family to go to college.

“Boy, have I come a long ways,” Holloway said in a 2012 Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center video.

“Today, I am not the same scared girl I used to be. I am a mature, young woman who has broken many a generational cycle that those before me hadn’t.”

Just three short years after her testimonial, Holloway faces murder charges after she allegedly plowed her car into a sidewalk full of people Sunday night, killing one person and sending dozens more to the hospital.

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Three victims suffered critical head wounds.

Her three-year-old daughter sat in the backseat of the car during the alleged hit-and-run.

She had come to Las Vegas about a week earlier, where police said she and her daughter had been living out of her car, an unfortunate repetition of history.

“It was all a struggle for her,” Holloway said in 2012 of her own mother’s issues and battle with alcoholism. “As a result of things becoming too hard for her, I became homeless.”

As a homeless freshman, her grade point average fell to 1.41, but with help from the center, Holloway was able to better herself.

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“Needless to say I beat the odds and was the first in my immediate family and circle to graduate high school. Not only did I graduate, I left with a 3.40 (GPA) and $17,000 in scholarships,” she said.

She went on to land a job at the U.S. Forest Service when she was 21 years old, around the time she gave birth to her daughter.

“Little did I know this job would begin to help write a new chapter in my life,” Holloway said.

Holloway is being held without bail and is on suicide watch. She will be charged with murder with a deadly weapon, officials said.

Her daughter is being cared for by child protective services. 

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