Jones Day, representing Ariel Castro victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight, will not be releasing a statement on his death at this time; women will not release statements either - @NBCNews
Cleveland, Ohio, mayor on death of Ariel Castro: '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' - statement via @NBCNews
Between 2002 and 2004, three young women, Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Georgina "Gina" DeJesus, were kidnapped by Ariel Castro and held captive in his home in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. They were subsequently imprisoned in his house on Seymour Avenue until May 6, 2013, when Berry escaped with her six-year-old daughter and contacted the police. Knight and DeJesus were rescued by responding officers and Castro was arrested within hours.
On May 8, 2013, Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Castro pleaded guilty to 937 criminal counts of rape, kidnapping, and aggravated murder as part of a plea bargain. He was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years in prison without the chance of parole. One month into his sentence, Castro committed suicide by hanging himself with bedsheets in his prison cell.