The day Gina DeJesus came home after being held captive for nine years inside the Seymour Avenue home of Ariel Castro, her mother asked that people show up for National Night Out at Steelyard Commons in August.

Her father talked about having a block party – Tuesday night both came to be.

The National Night Out event that Felix DeJesus and Nancy Ruiz attended each year as parents searching for a daughter they attended this year as parents celebrating her return.

And this year, she joined them.

“It was a shock to me when she told me that she wanted to come down here,” said Felix. “She’s strong and she wanted to do this.”

Gina stayed in the tent of the Guardian Angels outside of the view of cameras. The crowd straining for a glimpse of the young woman they had searched and prayed for over the years.

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