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Gina DeJesus makes first public appearance at parade

7:55 AM, Aug 5, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND, Oh. -- Gina DeJesus was one of the many participants in the Puerto Rican Parade, part of the city's annual Latino Fest.

The Parade kicked off at E. 13th Street and Superior Avenue around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, ending at the Muni Lot.

DeJesus waved a Puerto Rican flag and smiled to the crowd as she rode on top of a car with the sunroof open.

She was part of the group supporting Cleveland City Council hopeful Janet Garcia.

The parade's theme was "a celebration of renewed hope and community healing." Many who walked the parade also spotlighted missing people from the Cleveland area.

Organizers dedicated the parade to those who are missing and to the families holding on to hope.

DeJesus was one of three missing women who escaped being held captive by Ariel Castro. Castro has since been convicted and is serving a life sentence plus 1,000 years for the crimes he committed.


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