Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.
CLEVELAND -- Avoiding use of Ariel Castro's name despite news of his death, a statement released by Mayor Frank Jackson this morning only addresses Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.
Here's Mayor Jackson's brief statement:
"Our focus remains on the well-being of the survivors of Seymour Avenue. It is our sincere hope that they will continue to heal and recover. I ask the community to continue to respect the privacy of the survivors so that they can move forward with their lives."
Castro was found hanging in his cell overnight and was later pronounced dead.
His death comes just a few weeks after the admitted kidnapper made a plea deal to avoid execution.
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