After the death of her brother Marco, Maria Romano propelled herself out of the streets of Los Angeles and the close ties the Romanos had to his gang. She took advantage of a scholarship to a school in New York that would allow her to travel the world and learn music business.
Unfortunately, one of her stops was in Chernarus.
Trapped on a ferry during a tour of Deer Isle, Maria and 40 other passengers were eventually forced to make landfall in the wake of the event. And since then, it's become clear that help isn't coming. But Maria knew that already. Help had already gone with the death of her brother.
This isn't the streets. But it's not that different either.