Just shortly after 6 pm on Monday, May 6, 2013, neighbors on Seymour Ave. neighbors heard a scream that they could not have possibly fathomed would ever be the scream of Amanda Berry. Moments later, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight, and a six year-old girl later found to be Berry’s daughter, emerged from the home of Ariel Castro after a decade or more of being held captive in his Cleveland residence.
Many questions are yet to be answered by the women and by Ariel Castro himself. The girls have now returned home to overwhelming celebrations from the Cleveland community. Castro has since then been arraigned on four charges of kidnapping and three charges of rape, all of which he plans to plead not guilty.
Monday, May 6 marked the beginning of a week the Cleveland community will never forget and a new beginning for the lives of Amanda Berry and her daughter, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight.