Pamela Faith Roach, who went by her middle name, was born on June 9, 1992. She lived in Walhalla, Oconee County, South Carolina, a small town in the Blue Mountain foothills region with just over 4,200 residents.
When Faith was 11 years old, she and a friend were riding a go-kart on a dirt road when they were struck by a car. Her friend died, but Faith survived, suffering a shattered leg, a traumatic brain injury and other wounds. She was hospitalized on life support and in a coma, and had to undergo surgery to place a metal rod in her leg. She developed a limp as she outgrew the metal rod, leading her to be bullied by others at school.
According to her mother, Cindy Clark Hanvey, the accident changed Faith, turning her from a quiet, shy girl into someone who was outspoken and attention-seeking.
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