Gina DeJesus is home and Cleveland cheers

Gina DeJesus father emerges pumping his fist as neighbors, friends, family, and police cheer. Cleveland Courage fund established. Photo: Screen Shot

CLEVELAND, May 8, 2013 ― Gina DeJesus’ father emerged from the black van, pumping his fist as neighbors, friends, family, and police cheer. Gina, in a yellow hooded sweatshirt, was rushed from the same style black mini van that brought Amanda Berry to her sister’s home hours earlier.

The crowd cheered with chants of “Gina, Gina, Gina” as she was rushed into her childhood home.

Gina’s aunt Sandra Ruz read a statement thanking the members of the police and community, extended family, Guardian Angels, and the National Center for Exploited Children for all their support while Gina was missing. 

Ruz added that there are no words that can express their joy at the return of Gina. Ruz encouraged everyone to “rally together to look next door and bring home our other missing child, Ashley Summers”.  

Ruz continued, “Once more I want to say thank you, and I want to put my foot down, as the mean one in the family, to be patient with us as we take the time to heal.

“Last but not least, I am asking God to look over all of us and we are asking that we do not retaliate against the families of the suspects and let the police to do their jobs.” 

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The Cleveland Courage Fund has been created with 100 percent of the money received being given to the victims in order to help them rebuild their lives. Donations can be made by mail to the Cleveland Courage Fund at 1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1300, Cleveland, Ohio 44115. Email is

Gina’s mother stepped out of the house to offer her thanks to the FBI and the Cleveland police, reminding all that August 6 is a night out against crime in Cleveland. She implored everyone to “take your child, protect your child”.

Mrs. DeJesus added that, “If the police knock on your door, answer their questions. The man that helped Amanda, that she had the courage to do what she did, don’t ignore a plea for help.”

In 2004, at the age of 14, Gina was walking home from Wilbur Wright Middle School when she was abducted, the second child allegedly abducted by the Castro brothers. 

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About a year later, DeJesus vanished at age 14 on her way home from school.

Berry is now 27, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The women were held just a few miles from where they had vanished. 

According to an uncle of the suspects, Julio Castro, Ariel Castro and the DeJesus family lived nearby, growing up in the same Cleveland neighborhood. The uncle has said, “I never want to see them (his nephews) again.”

Castro used to work as a bus driver for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. He was fired in November 2012 for making an illegal U-turn with children on the bus.

Castro lived in the two-story house located on Seymour Avenue since 1992. The home is in foreclosure for three years of unpaid real estate taxes. The property was purchased and financed by Edwin Castro.

Local police and the FBI have maintained active investigations since the disappearances, following many leads.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper reports the son of suspect Ariel Castro, also named Ariel Castro but known as Anthony, wrote an article in June 2004 about the disappearances for Cleveland West Side neighborhood community news website the Cleveland Plain Press when he was a journalism student at Bowling Green State University. He even interviewed the mother of Gina DeJesus for the piece.

The father-son relationship and authorship of the article were confirmed earlier this week by CNN in a phone interview with Anthony Castro.

Ariel Castro, as owner of the home, is the prime suspect, and news is emerging that, in August 2005, a complaint by his now deceased wife was filed, seeking a protective order against Ariel Castro.

No charges of assault were filed even though the complaint includes allegations of two broken noses, two broken ribs, a knocked-out tooth, two dislocated shoulders and a blood clot on the brain. The protective order and complaint were dismissed with the wife’s acquiescence in November of that year.

Conspiracy, aiding and abetting, kidnapping, sexual abuse, false imprisonment and rape are just some of the charges that may be made against the Castro brothers, charges that will be brought within the 48 hour window that started at the time the brothers were first detained.

Conspiracy relates to what the brothers may have known, if they were not active participants in the physical or sexual abuse against these women.

We are expecting charges to be filed against the Castros and announced before the end of today. 


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