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Seymour Avenue still a spectacle on 2-year anniversary

Many spectators still drive by where the house once stood on Seymour Avenue. (Source: WOIO) Many spectators still drive by where the house once stood on Seymour Avenue. (Source: WOIO)

Two years ago, Cleveland celebrated the lives of three women, who were finally found after being missing for a decade. Now, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight are taking their lives back and the community is rallying for other girls like them who are still living a nightmare. 

After two years, people still drive down Seymour Avenue to stop and stare, while remembering a miracle that developed right before our eyes.

The arrival of Gina and Amanda coming home is a memory that sticks in the minds of many when they think about May 6, 2013. As one big Cleveland family, we all felt joy and inspiration after 10 years of searching. 

"I was happy for them. It makes me cry. It gave me goose bumps 'cause that was a long time to be held. It's like neighbors. You can see it," said Tiffani Wojtowicz, who lives in Cleveland.

The look of Seymour Avenue has changed. Ariel Castro's home was torn down, with only an empty lot left behind.

Andrew and Ann Savol drove from Parma just to take a look at where it all happened, after watching Michelle Knight's new movie, Cleveland Abduction, which is now playing on Lifetime. Even after two years, the draw to come and see the place in person remains very strong for those who saw it all play out on TV.  

Two books and a Lifetime movie is now slowing down that urge to drive by and look. 

"It's hard to believe it happened in a neighborhood like this. Now to see a vacant lot after 10 years of what was going on and nobody suspected anything?" said Andrew Savol.

You won't see any memorial on Seymour Avenue. The property is still owned by the city and neighbors have made it clear they want the neighborhood to move on.  

"I am still in shock, still sad, especially what I saw in the movie. He was a cruel man. It's still sad," said Ann Savol.

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