Castro’s brother-in-law, Juan Alicea, told CNN that the family was notified by the warden about 1 a.m. The family is angry, Alicea said, that it learned about the death from media reports first.
But it was his cousin, Maria Castro-Montes, that thought first about the victims and then revealed to CNN what his death truly means to her.
“It was just shock and part of it was even relief in hopes that now this will just end all of it and that his name will not be out in the spotlight for years and years to come,” she told CNN. “I just hope the victims can move past this now.”
Castro-Montes adds that nearly everyone in the family had cut ties with Castro, and hopes that with his death, the tragic story can come to an end.
As for the victims, Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus, they are aware of his suicide but are not expected to make a statement.
We’ll keep you updated on the latest developments in this story.
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