By: Brionna D. Pinkney
Last week news broke of Ariel Castro’s suicide. If you do not know who Ariel Castro is, here is a brief explanation. Ariel Castro entered the spotlight on May 6,2013, when three missing women were discovered in his home. Castro has held the women captive for nearly a decade. The victims were Amanda Berry, Georgina DeJesus, Michelle Knight, and a six year old child fathered by Castro. However, since his death on September 3, I found myself asking a question I’m sure others have: “What does this mean for the victims?” or “Was justice truly served?”
It is possible that one might say that the victims were cheated out of their chance at justice upon Castro committing suicide. He’d been sentenced to serve the rest of his life and an additional 1,000 years in prison. Yet, he only served a month before he met his demise.
It seems as though this is an instance that should spark rage in all of us. Three young women endured such harsh treatment against their will for ten years, and when it came his time to suffer he chickened out and took his own life. Because of his actions families suffered unbearable grief of losing a relative. They will never be able to feel as though they have received any aid in righting his wrong, because he is no longer living. A question that would be in order would be, “Where do we go from here?”