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CLEVELAND, Ohio — A day after her captor was sentenced to life in prison, Cleveland kidnapping survivor Amanda Berry made her first public appearance at a Saturday evening concert in Cleveland.

Berry, 27, came on stage with her family and the rapper Nelly, but did not address the crowd at the daylong RoverFest. She waved and smiled, drawing audience cheers.

Her appearance was notable at least on a symbolic level: Riding a pair of monster hits, Nelly’s star was burning brightest just before Berry’s sudden disappearance into captivity at age 16 in April 2003.


Amanda Berry waves to the crowd as she appears with a friend onstage with rapper Nelly at a concert in Cleveland. (Courtesy of Brian Harrell / July 27, 2013)

For 10 years, Berry would be held under brutal conditions in Ariel Castro‘s Cleveland home along with two other women, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, with Castro fathering a child with Berry during her captivity.

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