One night in April 2012, Emma was working at a convenience store when robbers entered the bodega. They demanded money from the register, which she gave them. As Emma tried reached for the phone to call the police, one of the robbers shot her in the gut, killing her.
Emma's husband, Joseph, was heartbroken and devastated over her death. A year later, he began a cyber-crusade in Emma's name to target and kill those he deemed had wronged the Glades. One of Joseph's targets was ADA Gavin Carnahan, who failed to prosecute Emma's killers. Joseph was eventually killed by the Hood after refusing to be reasoned with.