Community Focuses on Life, Courage of Michelle Knight

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By Allison Brown

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- People spent their Saturday showing love and support for Michelle Knight. 

The young woman was just released from Metro Health Medical Center on Friday, and that's where dozens gathered to celebrate her life.

Knight, Amana Berry and Gina DeJesus were in captivity for years in a west Cleveland home on Seymour Avenue.

Ariel Castro, 52, is accused of the crimes against the women.

Knight, held prisoner the longest, was abducted back in 2002.

Community members at Saturday's gathering are still trying to wrap their heads around what happened to the three women.

"They're girls, and I have kids too, and I'm just happy they're back -- if something like that would have happened to my kids, I don't know how I would have handled it," said Rose Pugh, a supporter at Saturday's event.

The focus of the event was on Michelle Knight, her life and courage.

At Saturday's event there was a bake sale and a 50/50 raffle. No word on how much money was raised.

"This is all for her, we love you, we care about you," said Carla Smith, who helped collect money for families of the victims.

It was a sea of red outside of Metro Health Medical Center, as dozens wore red shirts and ribbons in honor of Knight.

"Michelle welcome home, she's been gone for so many years," said Stacey Ortega, who signed a balloon with a kind message to Knight.

"It's a blessing that they all three alive. God is good," said Clara Peralta.

As an added show of support, Saturday's group also hit the streets. They marched for blocks to the Seymour Avenue home where the women spent so many years.

"We're welcoming them back and we're showing her that we're happy everybody was safe," said Pugh.

With each step there is strength, but also hope. Many of the people marching had their own story to tell.

Nancy Gonzalez hasn't seen her niece in at least six years.

"We just miss you so much, if you are out there Ashley, come home. Your mom's here with me, your aunts and your little sister, please come home," said Gonzalez.

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