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The neighborhood where Ariel Castro lived

11:11 AM, May 9, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- On the street where the suspect in the Cleveland kidnapping case lived, people gather for several reasons.

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11Alive's Jon Shirek is in Ohio and went to take the pulse of the neighborhood.

A few houses down from Ariel Castro's house, a grandmother hides her horror at what happened so close to home.  She's watching over her two, happy granddaughters as they get ready to ride their bikes to their elementary school.

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Sherry Bozeman says it is past time to organize neighborhood watch groups, here.  "When you have predators up and down the street that pose themselves to be good people, good-hearted people, when they're capable of doing terrible things to children, it's not a safe environment for children to dwell in."

Gladys Vargas has been cutting hair and styling hair on Seymour Avenue since 1985, her customers, she says, include both the suspects' family and the victims' families.  She grieves for all of them.

Seymour Avenue is now a magnet for those families who wonder were their daughters and sisters are, and are they somewhere alive too?

Linda Summers is the grandmother of Ashley Summers who vanished six years ago.  "It means hope for us, it means hope that she can be found, if people have been found after being missing ten years., we can find Ashley."

Tonia Adkins, sister of Christina, who disappeared in 1995 says "Your heart tricks your mind, and your mind tricks your heart, to get through every day. There has to be hope. Otherwise you go crazy."

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