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'Welcome home Gina': Neighborhood celebrates woman's rescue

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Ricky DeJesus, brother of Georgina DeJesus, holds his head in his hand outside his family's home in Cleveland on Tuesday. His sister, Georgina DeJesus, was one of three Cleveland women found alive after vanishing in their own neighborhood for about a decade ago. As the three Cleveland women reunited with their families on Tuesday after vanishing in their own neighborhood.

 

CLEVELAND — With dozens of balloons and a quiet vigil, friends and neighbors surrounded the home family have been waiting to welcome Gina DeJesus to for a decade. The family's squat, light brown house was draped with a banner that said it all: "Welcome home Gina."

"It's a blessing," said Carrie Gillespie, who said she grew up with DeJesus and now lives only blocks away from where her friend was allegedly held against her will on Seymour Avenue. "it was crazy to know I was around the corner from where those girls were being held."

"House of horrors, that's what we're calling it now," Gillespie said of the white house where DeJesus was found on Monday night.

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A daring escape and a dramatic 911 call led to the rescue of three women who allegedly had been held captive for years inside a home in Cleveland, Ohio.

It was a house of hope on W. 71st in Cleveland on Tuesday night.

Close friends and family gathered in the DeJesus home. About a half dozen Guardian Angels in their signature red caps, white shirts, and black pants and boots kept curious onlookers back from the family's home. Stacked on the porch were photos of DeJesus, who was fourteen when she went missing on her walk home from school.

The family never stopped believing they would get their daughter back, said friend of the family Arion Greer, 20.

"Her brother, every time I spoke with him, he spoke about Gina," Greer said. "they never gave up hope."

Other neighbors said it would take some time before they felt that the ten-year search for the three girls who disappeared separately felt really over.

"It feels like a dream. It's crazy," said Glendi Galarza, 26. She used to live in the neighborhood, but like many people who had gathered outside the house, she did not know the family well.

"Everybody thought they were dead," Galarza said. "It's a blessing, that's what it is."