Raya Vestri was an old friend of Dick Grayson from his childhood at Haly's Circus. However, she served as an accomplice in Saiko's plan to take revenge on Dick and the entire circus.

Early life

Raya and Dick grew together at Haly's Circus alongside their friend Raymond. Although they shared a mutual crush, they parted ways after the murder of Dick's parents and his adoption by Bruce Wayne.

She also had to suffer the death of Raymond after he mysteriously drowned. She and her co-workers attended his funeral. Unknown to her, Dick watched the funeral from afar.[1]

Saiko

When Raya became an adult, she discovered that Raymond had survived and become the assassin Saiko. The two started a romance and began a plan to exact revenge on Dick, believing him to be the source of all their troubles. They also got Bryan, Mr. Haly's son, into the plan, as Mr. Haly wanted Dick to become the circus's owner. However, Raya and Bryan were unaware that Raymond wanted to destroy the entire circus as well.[2]

After the circus returns to Gotham City, Raya was reunited with Dick.[3] Not long after, Raya informed Dick the two of them had to head to Atlantic City immediately upon request from Mr. Haly himself. Mr. Haly died, and Dick was entrusted with the deed to the circus. Afterwards, Raya and Dick slept together.[1]

Dick and Raya attended Mr. Haly's funeral and attempted to start a romance.[4] Dick even introduced her to his friend Barbara Gordon.[5] However, Raya decided to break off her relationship with him so that she could continue Raymond's plan.[2]

Raymond initiated his endgame when the circus performed a tribute to the Flying Graysons in Gotham City, triggering a series of explosions across the circus.[6] However, Raya saw how mad Raymond was and helped the people escape. After Raymond died, Raya was arrested and Dick asked her why she helped Raymond. She did not answer and was taken away by the police.[7]

Breakout and Death

Later, the Joker visited Raya at Blackgate Penitentiary[8] and broke her out of prison. Nightwing learned of the escape and, upon tracking her down, discovered that she had been infected with the Joker's toxin. She was forced to fight Dick and went into shock as a result of her body rejecting the toxin.

Raya eventually died from the toxin despite Nightwing using an antidote to save her. Her last words were an apology to Dick for her past actions.[9]

Nightwing later turned her body over to Commissioner Gordon, and a funeral was held for both her and Jimmy Clark (who was also killed because of the Joker's actions against Nightwing).[10]


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