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Gina DeJesus celebrates her first birthday as a free woman with 250 guests

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It's been nine months since Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry, and Michelle Knight were rescued from the home of the man that kidnapped them nearly a decade before, and according to an article published by WDTN on Feb. 13, DeJesus recently celebrated her first birthday since being freed.

WDTN reports that Gina DeJesus, who turned 24 years old on Thursday, Feb. 13, had her first birthday party since being rescued from Ariel Castro's home in May 6, 2013. Reports indicate that DeJesus wore a long, formal white gown to her winter-themed party where she was joined by 250 guests at event center in Mayfield Heights on Saturday.

DeJesus was just 14 years old in 2004 when she was kidnapped by Castro and held captive in his Cleveland, Ohio home.

In May DeJesus, Knight, Berry, and Berry's young daughter were rescued from Castro's home. Castro was arrested and faced hundreds of charges including multiple counts of kidnapping, rape, and aggravated murder. He pleaded guilty to a number of those charges in August 2013, and later killed himself in his prison cell.

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