Warm Homecoming Awaiting Gina DeJesus

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CLEVELAND-- Dozens of people have gathered at Gina DeJesus’ west side home, waiting for her to arrive.

Family members said Gina, along with her mother and father, were not in the home, but would be returning later.

“What we do out here, what we’ve done in ten years, nothing compares to what those women have done, together, to survive,”

Sandra Ruiz, Gina’s aunt, came out to talk to the media.

“I will tell you this because I was there to see her- all three girls. God works in mysterious ways. It’s just unbelievable, unbelievable, these girls, these women are so strong; stronger than I am,” Ruiz said.

Gina’s older brother, Ricardo DeJesus, said Gina’s mother stayed strong over the years and right now is enjoying some private time with her daughter.

“It’s just overwhelming, happy and joyful that’s she’s back home now,” Ricardo DeJesus said.

Police cordoned off the streets near Gina’s home on W. 71st Street to give the family some privacy, as dozens of camera crews and onlookers are staked out across the street.

“I am begging, begging everyone to support our family by not crowding us; giving us air to breathe. We promise; we will give you, at the right time, all the information,” Ruiz said.

Ruiz said despite all the girls have been through in the last nine, ten years – they are in good spirits.

“And they all have a positive attitude, and this is what we need from everyone; we need to still be a family. People in this neighborhood, we need to watch out for all kids, really; watch who your neighbor is, because you’ll never know, okay?” Ruiz said, “And God has blessed us by bringing all three of those girls, all of them back.”

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