CBS News reports that members of DeJesus' family stood across the street, watching as workers began to demolish the house. DeJesus' aunt, Janice Smith, said she felt "overwhelmed" watching the demolition. "I think it was great for her," Smith said referring to her niece. "It was medicine."
Peggy Arida, another one of DeJesus' aunts, said "It just felt great, knowing that it's coming down."
According to CBS Cleveland affiliate WOIO-TV, Knight arrived at Cleveland's Seymour Avenue to watch the demoliton in person. "I feel very liberated that people think of me as a hero and a role model," Knight said. "I would love to continue being that."
The house will continue to be kept under surveillance to steer away any scavengers who may be in search of "murderabilia."