"People need to stop saying these negative things. It's not hurting my family, it's hurting my daughter, Gina," said Felix DeJesus, Gina's father. "I thought it would be a good way for me and Janet for the Puerto Ricans, my heritage, to see Gina starting to heal. I didn't mean to hurt nobody out of this, I wanted them to see Gina."
"The only thing I could think of is seeing my daughter smiling enjoying herself for the first time in nine years on top of that car," said Nancy Ruiz, Gina's mother.
Gina tells Reporter Ed Gallek she was stunned by the crowds.
"Gina's OK'd it. It was her decision not just Felix and mine," says Nancy Ruiz. "She was ready for it. It was her way of saying thank you to the community."
Gina, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight were rescued from Ariel Castro's Seymour Avenue home in Cleveland this past May, after spending more than a decade in captivity.
Last Friday, Castro was sentenced to life in prison, without parole.
The Seymour Avenue home is scheduled to be torn down Wednesday, August 7.
Sunday, August 31 2014 12:03 PM EDT2014-08-31 16:03:07 GMT
Oregon State Police is continuing their investigation involving a single vehicle crash along I-5. The crash occurred Saturday afternoon at the Speaker Road interchange near Wolf Creek in Josephine County. AccordingMore >
Oregon State Police are continuing their investigation involving a single vehicle crash along I-5.More >
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Beaverton High School student Dane Johnsen, was left speechless after he saw the damage that some vandals caused to his high school. "It looked like someone took buckets of paint and just dumped it allMore >
Beaverton High School student Dane Johnsen, was left speechless after he saw the damage that some vandals caused to his high school.More >
Sunday, August 31 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-09-01 02:38:10 GMT
Silverton police are still searching for Jason Clifford Down, who is the main suspect in a fatal shooting Saturday afternoon. Police responded to shots fired in the 200 block of Olson Rd at 3:44pm. ItMore >
Detectives identified the victim who was shot and killed in Silverton on Saturday as 50-year-old Cassandra Wagner.More >