CLEVELAND -- At 12:19 a.m. Maria Castro Montes received a text message that her cousin, Ariel Castro, had died.
Castro, the infamous Cleveland kidnapper, hanged himself in his cell overnight.
"No matter what, I think at this point, justice has been served," Montes told CNN. "It may not be our justice now that's served. There's only one person of justice that's going to be served and that's his lord. He's got to meet him now. And he's got to do his explaining. We obviously have to be satisfied with whatever his life or his afterlife is going to be now. He's in the proper hands. That's the final judge and jury, and I think we just need to let it be, you know, that's what comes of it."
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She says some of her initial thoughts were with Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight -- the three women he kidnapped and held captive for years inside his Seymour Avenue home.
"I know these girls wanted him to live out his sentence," Montes adds. "I'm glad he didn't get the death penalty because I didn't want them to have to testify and relive all of their horrible memories and thoughts and everything they'd gone through. But, you know, maybe this is for the best. Maybe this is the only way that he will be out of the spotlight because I think he was just always going to be in the spotlight. It seemed like every day, some new news report was coming out and I don't think they were ever going to find peace if he was still alive and in prison."
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She says that she was initially suspicious that Castro was capable of taking his own life.
"People always have an eye out for someone that has done something as horrible as these things that he's done, so I really have to wonder. I guess at this point, it doesn't really matter. They say that suicide is a cowardly thing, and obviously, he took the coward's way out, but I still really find it hard to believe, that after everything that he did, he somehow mustered up the strength or the so-called courage to take his own life.
Castro was in a cell by himself where guards checked on him every 30 minutes.
His death comes just a few weeks after Castro began his life sentence for the crimes against Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight -- the three women he kidnapped and held captive inside his Seymour Avenue home for years.