In a video posted to YouTube on Monday evening, the three women kidnapped in Ohio all appear on camera to share their thoughts and gratitude.
“First and for most, I want everyone to know how happy I am to be home with my family and my friends. It’s been unbelievable. I want to thank everyone who has helped me and my family through this entire ordeal. Everyone who has been there to support us has been a blessing to have such outpouring of love and kindness. I am getting stronger each day and having my privacy has helped immensely. I ask that everyone continues to respect our privacy and give us time to have a normal life.”
** Amanda Berry was just shy of her 17th birthday when she was kidnapped off a Cleveland Street on April 21, 2003. While in captivity and allegedly under control of Ariel Castro, Amanda gave birth to a daughter, which was fathered by Castro. The girl is now 6. It was Berry who first broke out of captivity and called police
** Gina DeJesus Gina DeJesus was just 14 when she was abducted from the street on April 2, 2004, just blocks from her house. Her parents, Felix and Nancy never stopped searching for their daughter. ** Michelle Knight Michelle Knight slipped through the cracks. She was 21 years old when she left home on August 22, 2002 and never returned. Michelle, who has developmental disabilities, was reported missing, though police dropped her case and stopped searching for her when her mother could not be reached
Question: “Gina if you could say something to each and every person out there to who contributed money to your funds to help you?”
“I would say thank you for the support.”
“Thank you everyone for your love, support and donations. Which helped me build a brand new life. I just want everyone to know I am doing just fine. I may have been through hell and back, but I am strong enough to walk through hell with a smile on my face and with my head held high and my feet firmly on the ground. Walking hand-in-hand with my best friend. I will not let the situation define who I am. I will define the situation…”