- "We family, Cornell. Mama Mabel taught us that–"
"Mama Mabel, Mama Mabel! Go on with that shit. All the things I could've did with my life, my music. But who does she send to that uppity-ass boarding school? You. She put you in school and forced me to run the streets."
- ―Mariah Dillard and Cornell Stokes
As Luke Cage was single-handedly giving strong blows against their criminal empire, Cottonmouth and Black Mariah met at Harlem's Paradise to discuss it. However, the angry conversation quickly turned to their troubled family history, where Stokes snidely remarked that she wanted it all to happen.
Immediately angered by his remark, Mariah Dillard proceeded to angrily grab a glass bottle and slam Cottonmouth in the head with it, and then forcefully shove him out the window to the lower floor. As a weakened and shocked Stokes attempted to crawl to safety, Dillard began to yell repeatedly that she did not want it, as she took a microphone stand and continued beating him to death with it.
Shades arrived to the situation just as Dillard had finished beating him to death. He managed to convince her it she did it with good intentions, and proceeded to further beat up the body to put the blame on Luke Cage.
As Cage was sent on the run, eventually Candace Miller, who witnessed the event, confessed Dillard was the real killer which led to her eventual arrest. However, Dillard still managed to get herself out of prison when Shades' murder of Miller left the police unable to get sufficient evidence. Ultimately, Diamondback was blamed for the murder, partly because he too had attempted to pin his crimes on Cage.