Kayla Rogers, 23, went to school with DeJesus and joined the crowd gathered near the house on Seymore Avenue where her friend had been held captive.
"They don't find people who go missing, you know," Rogers, 23, told the Plain Dealer.
"I'm at a loss for words."
Rogers said she only attended one vigil over the years, because it was too painful.
Neighbor Charlie Czorb said he was stunned by how long the women had lived at the house undetected.
"This is our own backyard," Czorba told the paper. "These girls were locked up in our own backyard."
Castro was described by neighbors as a friendly school bus driver and musician whose daughter would often come over with his grandchildren.
Tasheena Mitchell, 26, said she didn't believe her brother at first when he called to tell her that their cousin Amanda had been found alive.
She'd had her hopes dashed by false reports before. But this time, it was true. So she rushed to the hospital in hopes of confirming it with her own eyes.
"She was my best friend," Mitchell told the Plain Dealer.