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CLEVELAND -- At Ariel Castro's daughter's home, the family's thoughts are far away from what happened on Seymour Avenue.

Instead they're trying to best figure out how to honor a life without enraging the world outside.

The body of Ariel Castro now belongs to family, but members tell Channel 3 News the plans for his final resting place haven't been finalized. 

"It's in the process of being cremated. The ashes will be returned to Cleveland, and at a future date, the family will have a private burial," said Juan Alicea, a relative of Castro's. "We don't want to draw any more attention to this case, and it's because we don't want to stir up emotions and thoughts in the three victims, the three girls, we feel they've suffered enough." 

Relatives say they're unfairly under pressure: unsure how to respect a man they loved and a community that doesn't want to claim him. 

"To the world ... they've been freed from a monster as he's viewed by most people in general, but for us we're still human, and so we'll grieve. We must grieve," said Alicea. 

"Not minimizing what the girls have gone through, there are many victims. To this situation. The family of girls are victims. Our family are victims," he said. "It's not going to be easy. We're pulling together, and we're trying to put this behind us as best we can."

The family says they are trying to avoid the spotlight as they deal with the practical issues surrounding Castro's death. They do not plan to make the final details public.


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