Fidel Castro's estranged sister mourns him in Miami

Juanita Castro says she last saw brother in 1963 when their mother died

MIAMI – Amidst the celebrations in the streets of Miami after Fidel Castro's death, one home remained quiet -- that of his estranged sister, Juanita Castro.

Juanita Castro told Local 10 News that she mourns her brother, despite not having spoken to the former Cuban president for more than 50 years.

"I can't celebrate the death of any human being. It doesn't matter if it's an estranged (brother). Any person that dies, it's sad enough," Castro said.

Castro said she last saw her brother in 1963 when their mother died at her home in Havana. She said she hasn't had any contact with him since then.

After moving to Miami 51 years ago, Castro has tried not to watch the news too much, she said.

But with his death just a few days ago, it has been impossible for her to ignore what has been going on. She said it hurts to see people celebrating his death, but she knows why they feel the way that they do.

"I forgive the people, I understand, you see? I understand," she said.

Castro said she hopes this experience will give Cubans faith in the future -- a future that she hopes will be brighter than Cuba has seen in a very long time.

"No hating, no more fighting -- try to find the way that, at the end, Cuba could be free again," she said.

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Ian Margol joined the Local 10 News team in July 2016 as a general assignment reporter. Born in Miami Beach and raised in Broward County, Ian is thrilled to be back home in South Florida.