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    The Calm After The Storm

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Freelance photographer David LeMoyne Jones captured what he described as calm finally settling into a Cleveland neighborhood after three kidnapped women and a child were found earlier this week. He says the balloon release was organized by members of the neighborhood on Seymour Avenue. 'It ended up not just being a balloon release for the women who were rescued, but for anyone who has been abducted and taken from their families. It seemed to be a reminder to those who may be in similar situations that they are not forgotten,' he said.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Three days after Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight and Amanda Berry were liberated from the home they were forced to live in for ten years, calm is slowly coming to a neighborhood that was brimming with excitement.

    The satellite trucks are slowly leaving one by one. As an iReporter without press credentials, I am noticing that I can get closer and closer to the action.

    Smiles could be found in every direction, but the exuberant fist pumps and hugs between strangers were nowhere to be seen. Just as you come to a realization that something bad has happened, people also come to realizations that something good has happened. The crowd seemed like a child finally collapsing on the couch after the whirlwind of opening Christmas presents. Even as the FBI continued their search of the home, there was a definite sense of peace.

    An exclamation point was put on the day with a balloon release tribute to the three women and the little daughter of Amanda Berry.

    The photos with this story will hopefully give you a glimpse into what I saw.

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