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Ariel Castro's house in Cleveland demolished [VIDEO]

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CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com
A crew demolishes the former home of Ariel Castro, where he kept three girls hostage for 11 years. / WJW Cleveland
A crew demolishes the former home of Ariel Castro, where he kept three girls hostage for 11 years. / WJW Cleveland

Demolition crews arrived Wednesday to level Ariel Castro's house, where he held three young women for 11 years.

A crowd gathered at the Seymour Avenue home and cheered as heavy equipment tore through the roof and walls of the house where Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were rescued May 6.

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An aunt of DeJesus took the first swing at his former home, operating a hydraulic excavator with assistance. DeJesus' mother, Nancy Ruiz, cheered as an arm on a demolition truck tore through the pink room where her daughter had been held.

Knight arrived at the site with a bunch of yellow balloons.

The two-story house was gone in little more than an hour.

Castro, 53, pleaded guilty in July to 937 charges including kidnapping, rape and aggravated murder charges connected to the abduction of the three women.

Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years less than a week ago. The house was destroyed as part of a deal that spared Castro from the death penalty.

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