CLEVELAND – A new video of Amanda Berry is going viral. It shows her on stage at WMMS’s RoverFest.
“I want to bring out a family you already know, give it up for Amanda Berry,” shouted Radio Host Rover to an audience of thousands.
The crowd erupted with cheers as Berry took the stage. It was her first public appearance since she escaped from a home on Seymour Avenue in May.
None of it was planned, according to Rover. He said he mentioned on air a few weeks ago that she should come to the festival. He said he never thought she’d actually show up.
Berry was kidnapped by Ariel Castro more than 10 years ago. He held her captive along with Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.
Many in the community consider Berry a hero. It was her screams for help that ultimately lead to their freedom. Now, the survivor seems happy and healthy.
"She was actually very appreciative, very polite, she seemed to be having a good time and she was pretty reserved actually. I think she was a little overwhelmed by the reaction that she got,” said Rover.
People all over are commending Berry for her strength.
"We're just excited for them. This whole city has embraced them and it's so great to see them out and about finally,” said John Roberts of Cleveland.
Others feel the same way.
"It shows basically the phoenix, that she's moving forward with her life and trying to reestablish who she is,” said Cie Cascone.
Rover said her surprise appearance couldn’t have gone any better.
"I just hope we provided her and her family with a little bit of entertainment and a good time,” he said.
Berry also got the chance to go on stage during Nelly’s performance, a famous rapper from St. Louis.