OMAHA, Neb. — Carlotta Vaughan misses her daughter every day, but Vaughan has received a special gift to remember the teen’s beautiful singing voice.
Vaughan’s daughter, Janis Brown, was killed by a drunk driver in 2016, and a video of Vaughan listening to an audio recording of the 16-year-old has gone viral.
The teen’s best friend, Ciera Boatwright, gave Vaughan a teddy bear Sunday that plays a recording of the girl singing “Stone Cold” by pop star Demi Lovato.
The video shows Vaughan opening a box and smiling as she pulls out the bear. Boatwright then tells her to press the stuffed animal’s paw.
When Vaughan hears her child’s voice, she buries her head in the bear and squeezes it tight as she cries tears of happiness.
Vaughan said hearing her daughter’s voice helped her feel more connected to her.
“It was really heartwarming,” Vaughan said.
Boatwright, 18, said that ever since her friend died she has given Vaughan gifts that will remind her of her daughter. The gifts have included framed photos and a collection of memories friends wrote down about Janis.
She said she bought the bear, which is able to record a 10-second message, at an Omaha mall.
Boatwright posted the video on her Twitter account Sunday, and it has received more than 2 million views and 158,000 likes since then. ABC News also posted the video on its Facebook page.
Vaughan said she has been touched by comments on social media from people grieving for a loved one who felt lifted up after they watched the video.
“Janis is giving that gift,” she said.
so my bestfriend passed away tragically almost two years ago so I got her mom a teddy bear that has a recording of her singing ??? pic.twitter.com/sk0SF8Nqql