CLEVELAND - Survivor Michelle Knight handed out yellow balloons on Seymour Avenue Wednesday morning before the home where she was held captive for more than a decade was destroyed.
Knight arrived at the demolition scene before 7 a.m. to greet crowds watching Ariel Castro's home get crushed. The balloons were released before the crane started work.
Gina DeJesus' mom, Nancy Ruiz, stood across the street to watch the cranes make the first hit to the house. She said Gina will not come to Seymour Avenue on Wednesday.
Gina'a aunt, Peggy Arida, was with the crane operator as the first swing went into the "pink room."
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty held a news conference to thank those involved with the case.
He said the $22,000 found in Castro's home was offered to Amanda Berry, Gina and Michelle. He said they want it to go back to the neighborhood.
The two neighboring homes will also be demolished. There is no definitive word on what will happen to the vacant area.
People walked up and down the street all day and night Tuesday stopping to look and take pictures of the house where Castro held Amanda, Gina and Michelle captive.
Castro pleaded guilty to hundreds of charges and was sentenced last week to life in prison without parole.