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SURVIVOR: Michelle Knight is a symbol of bravery, strength and hope

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Mixed emotions as the west side home of Ariel Castro and the prison for three women came tumbling down on Wednesday morning. Happiness that a sad symbol is gone.

Survivor Michelle Knight came to watch the demolition in person. 

She arrived with yellow balloons. She handed them out to neighbors and then in a show of solidarity, they released them together.

The balloons represented the millions of people who are still missing and all the ones who passed away that were never found. Knight said she wants to let those men, women and children who are still out there, still victims, to know that they are loved and there is hope for everyone.

"I'm here because no one was here when I was missing," Knight said. "And I want the people out there to know, including the mothers, that they can have strength, they can have hope. And their child will come back. They will, just have the love in God and you'll see, they'll come back."

While seeing her prison leveled to the ground is obviously a big step forward in the healing process, Knight is already looking forward. She wants to become a motivational speaker and let people know there is always hope for everyone.

"I feel very liberated that people think of me as a hero and a role model," Knight said. "I would love to continue being that."

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