The identities of some of the victims are beginning to be revealed after Monday night’s apparent suicide bombing at the end of a concert in the UK city of Manchester.
An eight-year-old girl is one of the at least 22 people killed in the attack at Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande show, as well as a female college student and a 26-year-old man.
Saffie Roussos, 8, a student at Tarleton Primary School in Lancashire, was among the dead.
Her teacher, Chris Upton, said she had been “simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word” and was “loved by everyone”
Georgina Callander, who was studying health and social care at Runshaw College, was also killed in the attack. She is believed to have been 18.
Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy, where Callander was once a student, posted this statement on its website, along with an old school photo.
“Following the shocking events in Manchester yesterday, we have been informed that one of our former students, Georgina Callander has died as a result of injuries sustained.
“Georgina was a lovely young student who was very popular with her peers and the staff and always made the most of the opportunities she had at the school.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Georgina’s family at this terrible time, and we think especially of her brothers Harry and Daniel who are also former students of the school.
“All of our students will gather together today for a time of prayer and reflection and to give thanks for the life of Georgina.”
Callander met Grande at a concert two years ago, and condolences began to fill the comments on the Instagram photos posted of the meeting.
John Atkinson, a 26-year-old from Radcliffe, was also among the dead, according to The Guardian. Social media tributes called him “a beautiful soul” and “an amazing young man, so kind and thoughtful.”
A UK ambulance official said 12 children under the age of 16 were among the 59 injured in the attack.
The Associated Press contributed to this…