Police Continue to Watch Over Amanda Berry Home

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CLEVELAND--  Cleveland Police on Friday maintained their watch over the W. 129th Street home in which Amanda Berry, 27, and her six-year old-daughter were staying as they continued to get reacquainted with their closest relatives.

Outside of the home, all but a few national networks were honoring the family's request for privacy.

After ten years of being held against her will, Berry remained out of the public eye on Friday.

Amanda Berry (in the white tank top), her sister (in the black shirt) and Amanda's 6-year-old daughter.

Amanda Berry (in the white tank top), her sister (in the black shirt) and Amanda's 6-year-old daughter.

She is credited with screaming and attracting the attention that drew neighbors to the Seymour Avenue home of Ariel Castro, who is charged with kidnapping Berry in 2003, Gina DeJesus in 2004 and Michelle Knight in 2002; then somehow keeping them quietly locked up inside the house from which all three were rescued on Monday.

The home of Berry's sister, Beth Serrano, remained decorated with balloons and banners welcoming Berry home.

Only a few people continued to approach the house on Friday bringing with them flowers and gifts.

Police officers were turning them away, instructing them to leave all of the packages at the first district police headquarters.

Some residents say they were drawn to the home overwhelmed by the story of survival and escape, hoping to have a chance to share words of encouragement first hand with Berry's family

"I'm definitely just so thankful that you are home and I pray and hope that you can continue and just recover after this awful thing," said Caitilin Groh.

Others are inspired by the story.

"It took a lot of courage on her part. Not only was she escaping for herself, there were other people in there so she had to be strong. She had to be brave to get out there for everyone and to get help not just for herself but for everyone in that situation," added Groh.

"Just to survive, to be able to be through all of that for ten years without your family having a child, just to survive; I give her so much credit for that," said Louise Glati.

Many are also hoping to someday get answers to questions about how the girls were kidnapped; how they were able to be kept inside a house for as many as eleven years without anyone knowing; and what ultimately gave them the courage to escape.

They are questions for which the community knows the answers will come, in due time.

*Read more about the women's amazing escape.