September 5th, 2013
11:00 AM ET

Survivor's Aunt: 'I Wish He Suffered More Somehow'

Ariel Castro's victims and their families react to the fact that the man who was sentenced to 1,000 years in prison for his crimes is gone now.

CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

Janice Smith, the aunt of survivor Gina DeJesus, speaks exclusively to CNN about why she thinks Castro took his life.

Smith says, "He knows what he did, he knows it was wrong, and I just think that he couldn't live with it."

The grandmother of Amanda Berry, another survivor, tells "New Day," "I love it. I feel so happy, but I wish he had starved to death or suffered more somehow."

Prison officials say Castro hanged himself with a bedsheet Tuesday night inside prison in Orient, Ohio.

He was in protective custody, isolated from other prisoners and checked on every half hour.

Defense Attorney Craig Weintraub says, "He should have been on a suicide watch and there shouldn't have been a watch every 30 minutes, there should have been someone outside of his cell more frequently."

Ariel Castro's family is also coming to grips with the loss of the man they once knew as a brother, son and father – not a monster.

Castro's brother-in-law, Juan Alicea, says, "Even though he did all these bad things and the family doesn't condone,  they must grieve."

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