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For the families of three women, yesterday marked the end of a decade of uncertainty. Amanda Berry, Michele Knight, and Georgina DeJesus were separately abducted more than nine years ago, when they were in their teens and early 20s.
"If you don’t believe in miracles I suggest you think again, cause it does happen," said Sandra Ruiz, aunt of Georgina DeJesus.
The three women, long feared dead, were found alive Monday evening, escaping the Cleveland home where they had been held captive for years.
"For Amanda's family, for Gina's family, for Michele's family, prayers have finally been answered. The nightmare is over,” said FBI agent Steve Anthony.
Ricardo DeJesus described the sister who was abducted years ago as a girl who, "liked to dance a lot, crack jokes, be around with the family." That girl, known as “Gina” to friends and family, is a 23-year-old woman today.
Ricardo saw the news of Gina's escape on television with their father.
"We were in disbelief, we cried. We were shaking, we were just happy," he said. "It's like a dream, but I'm joyful, I'm glad it's over."
The family was reunited with Gina at the hospital Monday night. The first thing Ricardo did was hug her, and tell her, "You're finally home."
The older brother said he now intends to protect his sister closely, and keep her safe.
"I'm never going to let her go out of my sight," said Ricardo. "Anywhere she goes I'm going to make sure she gets there, and back home."
Ruiz, Gina's aunt, said the fact that her niece and at least two other victims were hidden in plain sight should be a wake-up call to the community.
"Neighborhood with neighborhood, we need to watch out for all kids. Really watch who your neighbor is, cause you never know," said Ruiz.
The aunt said strength and solidarity helped Gina and her fellow victims endure years in captivity.
"Let me tell you sisterhood, [women], those girls - [women] are so strong," said Ruiz. "What we've done in ten years doesn't even compare to what those women have done."
For all those years, the family held out hope that Gina would come back.
"I would never give up. I always believed in God, I had faith in God," said Ruiz. "I knew she was coming home."