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Shooting survivor celebrates milestone, life

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EASTON, Mass. ( – As the Pomp and Circumstance plays at Frothingham Park in Easton, the Oliver Ames High School Class of 2013 files in and among the sea of caps and gowns, one graduate in particular stands out – 18-year-old Brittany Cann.

"Five years ago, I had people taking care of me, doing things for me. I never thought I'd be here where I am now, graduating walking across the stage," Cann told FOX 25's Erica Ricci.

Cann pumped her fist as she showed off her hard-earned diploma. She is proud to be a high school graduate, especially since she shouldn't even be alive.

In August 2007, Cann was shot in the head by her mother's boyfriend, Robert McDermott. He went on a shooting rampage in Cann's then Norton home. McDermott reportedly put a gun to her head, as well as her sister's head. He shot and killed Cann's mother and the family dog.

McDermott then took his own life.

The scene went undiscovered for two days coming to light with a 911 call by the girls' father.

Miraculously, Cann and her sister survived. The way they landed after being shot allowed their wounds to clot. The girls have since gone through months of surgeries and rehabilitation and have made near full recoveries; however, their emotions are still on the mend.

Cann is certain her mom is sharing in her pride, even though she is not here. She will attend Bridgewater State University in August.

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