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Terra Ramirez knows what it's like to be a victim -- and to victimize.

Mostly, Terra reads books. She stopped counting when she passed seventy but guesses she's read at least twice that many. And she tries to "work out" by walking back and forth in her cell. "That is therapeutic," she says. "I could just put my headphones on and walk and walk and walk."

She wishes she could talk to someone professionally. "I should've taken the help when I had it," she admits. "I was in counseling, and I let it go in one ear and out the other, and now that I need it, I can't get it. I'm so bitter about that situation. If I hadn't gotten shot, then I wouldn't have hung out with that group, because I wouldn't have felt like I needed protection. Before I got shot, I wasn't hanging out with gang members. I grew up in Arvada. I had it all going for myself when I got shot. And I'll always blame Monique for that."

Terra is convinced she's going to prison, and she hopes to study cosmetology while behind bars. If by any chance her sentence is suspended, she says she'd like to get into counseling, then go back to school and maybe become a counselor herself someday, to help children who are victims.

 
 
First strike: Monique Trujillo (from left), Javier Padilla, 
Roy Acosta, Hector Cibrian and Vanessa Marquez 
were all named in connection with the shooting at 
McDonald's where Terra Ramirez was injured in April 
2005.
First strike: Monique Trujillo (from left), Javier Padilla, Roy Acosta, Hector Cibrian and Vanessa Marquez were all named in connection with the shooting at McDonald's where Terra Ramirez was injured in April 2005.

"I could relate to everything now," she says.

Victims and felons.

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