She had the chance to compete for the coveted Miss Sinaloa title, and then, Miss Mexico.
But "Susy" had also chosen another path at the crossroads of power and beauty in Sinaloa -- a Mexican state known for drug lords and pageant queens.
In November, she died holding AK-47 in a spray of gunfire from Mexican special forces troops.
"I swear," said her mother, "I would have never imagined, ever in my life, that my daughter would die like this."
Susy's fate took the fateful turn when she started dating a drug cartel soldier.