CLEVELAND- Gina DeJesus arrived home just before 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Gina, who was wearing a hooded shirt, gave a thumbs up as she exited the van and was escorted into her home on W. 71st St. for the first time in more than nine years.
DeJesus, now 23, was kidnapped in April of 2004 while she was walking home from school, and was rescued Monday from a nearby home along with Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight.
Many in the crowd were members of the media. Others were friends, neighbors and well-wishers.
Balloons decorated the chain link fence, along with a wall-sized missing persons poster of Gina, and a bigger sign that reads ‘welcome home Gina.’
Gina’s parents, Nancy Ruiz and Felix DeJesus, along with Gina’s aunt, Sandra Ruiz, came out and spoke to the media, thanking everyone for their support over the past nine years.
Gina’s parents urged people to watch out for our kids and to be vigilant and always ready to help someone in need.
They also asked for their privacy, and said when they are ready to talk more publicly they will let us know.
Amanda Berry returned to her home Wednesday, amid a huge media frenzy, just before noon.
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