Relative says Castro lacked his victims' strength
by Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press and Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press
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In this May 9, 2013 file photo, Ariel Castro appears in Cleveland Municipal court in Cleveland on charges of kidnapping and rape after three missing women escaped his home three days before. Castro, 53, serving a life sentence for the kidnapping and rape of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, was found hanging in his cell, Tuesday night, Sept. 3, 2013, at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
In this May 9, 2013 file photo, Ariel Castro appears in Cleveland Municipal court in Cleveland on charges of kidnapping and rape after three missing women escaped his home three days before. Castro, 53, serving a life sentence for the kidnapping and rape of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, was found hanging in his cell, Tuesday night, Sept. 3, 2013, at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
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CLEVELAND (AP) — A victim's relative says Ariel Castro's suicide shows he was not a strong person like the three women he held captive in his home for a decade.

Tina Miller said Thursday that she was shocked to learn that the Cleveland man who kidnapped, raped and imprisoned her cousin Amanda Berry and two other women had hung himself in an Ohio prison Tuesday only a month into his life sentence.

Miller, of Lorain in northeast Ohio, said killing yourself is not strength, "surviving it is strength."

She said she hoped the death would allow Berry's daughter, fathered by Castro in captivity, to move on more quickly with her life.

Ohio's prison system is reviewing how Castro managed to hang himself with a bedsheet while in protective custody.



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