11 Years Later: Rallies Helped Keep Hope Alive After Berry Kidnapped

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CLEVELAND-- Monday marks the 11th anniversary of the day Amanda Berry went missing.

Year after year, rallies were held at the spot where Ariel Castro kidnapped her as she walked home from her job at Burger King on April 21, 2003.

"I remember particularly the first and the second rally we had. Because that was the time I spent with Louwana, Amanda Berry's mother," said Art McKoy, with Black on Black Crime.

Black on Black Crime organized most of the rallies.

McKoy said Berry's mother died not knowing what happened to her daughter.

"I had to watch Louwana, her mother, get sick, depressed, and fade away," added McKoy.

Berry was kidnapped by Castro one day before her 17th birthday.

Castro abducted Michelle Knight in 2002 and Gina DeJesus in 2004.

The one-year anniversary of their rescue is in two weeks.

"The most glorious day was when Amanda Berry called me on the phone. And said, 'thanks Art McCoy. Thanks for searching me for all these years. I knew you were searching because he had a little TV in our room. And that's what kept our hope alive,'" added McKoy.

McKoy adds this year they will have a celebration.

Black on Black will hold a "Standing Ovation Party" to honor the women on Saturday, June 14.

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