Six years ago today, a miracle happened in our city.
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were rescued from a house on Seymour Avenue after a decade of captivity at the hands of Ariel Castro.
DeJesus sat down with WKYC’s Lynna Lai for a one-on-one interview on Monday. Gina was asked if she’s forgiven the man who held her prisoner and then took his own life only a few weeks after being imprisoned. Watch her answer below:
“People ask me if I hate him (Castro). I don’t hate him. I feel like to hate somebody is too much energy. It takes up too much of my time and I don’t have time to hate Ariel because he’s not worth it,” Gina says.
“Somebody said ‘Happy Birthday,’ to me today, and I’m like, whose birthday? Maybe it’s my second birthday. I could look at it like that,” said DeJesus with a smile.
Her “rebirth,” if you will, includes starting the Cleveland Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults. She chose office space in a rust-colored brick building on the corner of West 25th Street and Seymour Avenue — just yards away from the lot where the so-called House of Horrors once stood.
It’s a defiant choice, for sure.
“I don’t even look over there [at the lot]. And when I do, it’s just an empty lot to me,” she said.
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