Soaring Honor for Michelle Knight

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CLEVELAND-- One of the three young women rescued from a Cleveland home Monday did not get a lot of attention over the years, but Thursday night, the community gathered to let her know that she is not forgotten.

Michelle Knight is listed in good condition at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Dozens of people prepared to launch balloons from a field at Scranton Road and Mentor Avenue in Cleveland, just a few blocks away from the home of 52-year-old Ariel Castro.

That's where 32-year-old Michelle Knight was rescued Monday after being kept there for 10 years, along with 27-year-old Amanda Berry and 23-year-old Gina DeJesus.

"Red is love, courage, strength; her hanging on, and we want her to know that she's not forgotten," said resident Cynthia Conner, who brought red balloons with her.

Balloons released in honor of Michelle Knight

Balloons released in honor of Michelle Knight

Michelle never got the attention that Amanda and Gina received over the last decade; mainly because she was 20, an adult when she disappeared and they were teenagers.

Organizers say this balloon launch is to let her know that the community is praying for her too.

"I'm glad of that. I feel happy," responded Michelle's grandmother, Deborah Knight.

Michelle's grandmother attended the event. Her home in Cleveland is now decorated with ribbons and balloons. She says the support she's received is overwhelming.

"If I could speak to her and have her right now, I'd give her the biggest hug in the world," Knight said.

Community activist Judy Martin has been part of an organization that has organized rallies for Amanda and Gina, ever since they disappeared.

She says rallies are important, since Amanda apparently knew she had been on the news all that time and must have seen some of them.

"They had a TV. They saw the rallies. They knew they were being looked for. That had to have given them some kind of hope," Martin said.

Friends, family and residents say they hope this event shows Michelle that she is getting community support too.

"This should not have happened in our backyard because this is terrible," said Conner.
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