Rosa Santos moved with her family to Pine Valley when her eldest sister,
Maria Santos, married Edmund Grey. Unlike her siblings, her mother, Isabella
Santos, kept her sheltered in a private school.
2001: Rosa begged her mother to let her go to Pine Valley
High School for senior year. Isabella had become protective to Rosa ever
since her sister, Maria Grey’s, untimely death and Julia Keefer’s
placement into Witness Protection. Her brother, Mateo Sanots, agreed to
allow Rosa to move in with him and attend PVH as long as she took a job
at SOS to keep out of trouble.
Rosa began dating a boy named Marcus Dunn. Marcus only liked Rosa because
she was a virgin. Gabriel Devane protected Rosa from Marcus’ advances.
One night, Marcus attempted to rape Rosa. She turned to Mateo who wrongfully
thought Gabriel was responsible. When Marcus was fund beaten, Rosa warned
Gabriel he was the main suspect and they went on the run. Rosa confided
in Gabriel her fear that she was going to turn out like on her sisters:
dead or in hiding.
Gabriel was exonerated for hurting Marcus. Marcus was part of a growing
drug problem in Pine Valley. The drug lord Proteus wanted to use SOS as
a front for operations. When Mateo put up opposition, Proteus planted
drugs on Rosa. Mateo sent Rosa back to San Antonio to protect her.