Rosanne Boyland had been busted for drugs over and over. Finally, she stepped up and got clean. She even wanted to be a sobriety counselor.
But she changed in other ways, too. She turned conservative. She bought into the conspiracy cult QAnon and she refused to believe Joe Biden defeated President Trump.
And her denial of Biden’s victory is what ultimately led to her death Wednesday, caught in the siege at the Capitol, her family told the Associated Press. She was one of three rioters who died of medical emergencies. A woman was fatally shot and a police officer was killed.
“It cost her her life,” her sister, Lonna Cave, said.
Boyland, 34, of Kennesaw, Georgia, had sworn to her family that she wasn’t going to get caught up in anything violent. Cave pleaded with her not to make the trip to Washington.
“She promised me, ‘I’m going to stand on the sidelines. I’m just going to show my