CLEVELAND - Lucy Griffin found peace playing her harmonica on Seymour Avenue Tuesday at the site where Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight found freedom one year ago today.
Lucy said she lived in fear ever since she was a victim of violence when she was eight years old.
Now 51, Lucy said she let go of that fear after seeing Michelle Knight speak on TV about embracing life after captivity.
"My life has been changed, everyday is a celebration. Michelle Knight, I love you from the bottom of my heart. God bless Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight," Lucy said.
Lucy never thought she would be able to thank Michelle in person, until one day Lucy was walking out of a Cleveland bakery and Knight was walking in.
"I did a double, triple take and I saw Michelle Knight and I asked if I could take a picture with her and she said yes and she touched my face to let me know it's okay," Lucy said.
Lucy wrote a thank you poem to Michelle which ends, "Michelle, thank you for your beautiful heart you shared with the whole world, sincerely Lucy, to my hero," Lucy said.
Lucy played her harmonica as she strolled down Seymour Avenue on a sunny spring day.