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Detroit Youth Choir covers GN’R to honor victims of gun violence

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The Detroit Youth Choir released a moving cover of Guns N’ Roses appetite for destruction anthem “Sweet Child O’ Mine” to honor victims of gun violence.

The song choice was inspired by 11-year-old Layla Salazar, who was one of 19 victims who lost their lives in the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Ulvade, Texas earlier this year. She and her father, Vinnie Salazar, listened to the Guns N’ Roses track together every morning when he drove her to school.

“Me and Layla would do this on the way to school, and it’s the only thing that brings me peace right now,” Salazar wrote in a Facebook post the day after Layla died. [via Detroit Free Press].

The video for the Detroit Youth Choir’s cover of the song GN’R features photos of Layla, which were provided by her father, and footage of young musicians singing the song in unison inside a school, wearing matching t-shirts that list some of the names of cities where high-profile school shootings have taken place in recent years. Part of the song’s melody is sung a cappella, and some original rap verses were added throughout as well.

“This song asks a simple question -“Where are we going now?‘Although progress has been made, now is not the time to be complacent, as the rap lyrics in the song say,’It can’t take 10 years to figure out what’s next,‘” the choir’s artistic director, Anthony T. White, said in the description of the video.

“This version of ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ is a poignant call to action from today’s youth to all adults to stay at the table, respect each other and keep working together to find solutions to make our schools and communities safer from gun violence.

Watch the video below and donate to Matthew and Camila McConaughey’s Just Keep Livin Foundation Uvalde Relief Fund here.

Detroit Youth Choir performs Guns N’ Roses to honor victims of gun violence

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