- Associated Press - Monday, August 11, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - Two lots where abandoned homes once sat in Cleveland have been turned into urban parks dedicated to one of the women held captive in the neighborhood for a decade.

The parks are near the home of kidnap victim Gina DeJesus on the west side of Cleveland. Planners tell WOIO-TV (https://bit.ly/1pK8VSJ ) that turning the areas into parks will help DeJesus and her family heal from the emotional wounds caused by her long captivity.

Neighbors are happy because they say the abandoned homes attracted crime. All the resources to build the parks were donated. The dedication was Sunday.

DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight escaped from Ariel Castro’s home in May 2103. Castro pleaded guilty last August and committed suicide in prison.

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