An 18-year-old survivor of Tuesday’s Oxford High School shooting in Michigan wowed the crowd with a moving performance “America’s Got Talent” She earned her a standing ovation from all four judges.
Ava Swiss, a senior at the school, belted out Lauren Daigle’s “Remember,” a song she said helps her cope with the November 2021 shooting in suburban Detroit.
Before the performance, Swiss spoke about her choice of songs.
“I chose this song because my brother and I were part of the Oxford school shooting on November 30,” she said. “We lost four of our students and seven others were injured, one of whom was a teacher.”
“It was tough,” Swiss continued. “I remember my brother and I talking to each other and saying there was no way we were ever going to set foot in school again. But we’ve been at the school personally for about two months now, so it’s getting better.”
Her heartbreaking performance earned her the cheers of the crowd as she sang the lyrics, “I will remember, even though my own eyes couldn’t see it, you were always there, always there with me.”
Swiss said singing the song allowed her to “remember the good.”
“I remember my community, my family, just love. And I remember that everything is there for me and will help me get to where I need to be,” she said.
Swiss got emotional after her song as she saw the standing ovation from the crowd and the judges, who all roared in applause.
“It was amazing, even more amazing over here. Wow,” said supermodel Heidi Klum after hearing the post from the judges’ table.
Comedian Howie Mandel called Swiss “inspirational”.
“In life, it’s hard to emerge, especially after going through incredible trauma. The fact that you can break through this and shine like you did today is so inspiring to every human being. So you really shone,” he said.
Actress Sofia Vergara told Swiss her performance “took my breath away”.
“You didn’t just sing, you showed us your feelings and I got goosebumps,” she said.
Simon Cowell called Swiss “brave,” adding, “This is one of those auditions I’ll never forget.”
The Swiss received a “yes” from each judge to enter the competition.
After the mass shooting at Oxford High School, suspect Ethan Crumbley was charged as an adult and pleaded not guilty to two dozen counts, including murder. His parents were arrested on four counts of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting. They have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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