CLEVELAND-- Two tight-knit families are struggling with both sadness and relief after a kidnapping victim is found unharmed, and the kidnapper is found dead after shooting himself.
"Happy-sad is what I've been calling it for the most part today," said Bonnie Fox, best friend of the victim and cousin of the kidnapper.
Fox is happy that Kenya Pierce, 35, was found alive and unharmed, but sad that her cousin, Derrick Hudson, shot and injured both her parents, and in the end, killed himself.
"I'm speaking on behalf of both families, for Derrick's family, for Kenya's family and for the past couple of days we have just been through so much," Fox said, adding the two families are very close.
Saturday morning, Hudson shot and injured his aunt and uncle and kidnapped Pierce from her Cleveland home; then he drove her to Detroit and back, police said.
The pair was spotted Monday morning in a car on East 105th St.
As police approached, Hudson shot himself in the head.
Pierce was not hurt.
"She just wants time to get herself together to be with her son. For a long time she has been looking for closure. She's been through a lot throughout her life," Fox said.
Court records show in 2002, Hudson was arrested for kidnapping and assaulting Pierce.
He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and the kidnapping charge was dropped.
He was sentenced to prison for six months, court records show.
In January of 2003, Hudson shot and killed a man police said was Pierce's boyfriend and was sentenced to ten years in prison for voluntary manslaughter.
"He was obsessed with her. He was just obsessed with her. He couldn't leave her alone,” Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath said.
"I wouldn't say he was obsessed with her. He loved her, and she was the only person who understood him and could relate to him as he expressed himself. She was like a best friend to him," Fox said.
She added, "My cousin, he needed help."
Fox said her mother was released from the hospital and they expect her father to be released soon.
She said Pierce and both families have asked for privacy at this time.
They want to thank police and everyone in the community for their support.