Amanda Berry’s Cousin Remembers Little Girl Who Loved Eminem, Fashion Design

Amanda Berry


updated 05/12/2013 AT 5:35 PM ET

originally published 05/13/2013 AT 3:30 PM ET

To those who have heard her story, Amanda Berry is the girl who disappeared at age 16 on April 21, 2003. She’s the girl who was held captive with two others near downtown Cleveland for about 10 years until she miraculously escaped last week, proclaiming, “I’m free now.”

But who was she before she vanished and was held captive in the home of alleged kidnapper Ariel Castro?

Her cousin, Tina Miller, tells PEOPLE about a girl with Eminem posters hanging in her bedroom and dreams of being a fashion designer. She’s Mandy. She’s hyper-organized, close to her nieces and she loved the movie 8 Mile and its star, Eminem.

In fact, “She had just bought a cell phone before she went missing,” Miller, of Lorain, Ohio, tells PEOPLE of Berry, now 27 and the mother of a 6-year-old daughter.


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