Eighteen-year-old Georgina Callander couldn’t wait to see Ariana Grande perform at the Manchester Arena Monday night. “So excited to see u tomorrow,” she tweeted at the singer in all capital letters the night before.
But what should have been an exuberant evening quickly turned to devastation. As the concert ended, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive at the Manchester Arena, sending teens screaming for the exits, separating parents from their young children and leaving scores of injured bloodied on the ground. At least 22 people, including Callander, did not make it out alive.
As families searched frantically for missing children and teens on Tuesday, authorities began releasing information about the victims. In addition to Callander, they included an 8-year-old girl who had been separated from her family in the panic, and a man in his twenties described on a fundraising page to help his family with funeral costs as “one in a million and loved by so many.”
Here’s what we know so far about the victims.
The death of 18-year-old health and social care student Georgina Callander was confirmed by her school in a statement published on Facebook Tuesday. “It is with enormous sadness that it appears that one of the people who lost their lives in Monday’s Manchester attack was one of our students here at Runshaw College,” it read. “Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Georgina’s friends, family, and all of those affected by this loss.”
Callander had also attended the Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy, which remembered her as someone who was well-liked and always seized the day. “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,” it said in a statement. “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.”
Following the news of her death, YouTuber Joe Sugg, the brother of Zoe ‘Zoella’ Sugg, one of Britain’s most famous vloggers, tweeted:
Saffie Rose Roussos
Another victim has been named as 8-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos. The child was at the concert with her mother and sister, who were later found injured in separate hospitals, The Guardian reports.
Chris Upton, the headteacher at Saffie’s school said she “was simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word.” He added: “She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly. Saffie was quiet and unassuming with a creative flair.”
A third victim was named by Manchester Evening News as John Atkinson, a man in his twenties from the town of Radcliffe in Greater Manchester. On a fundraising page set up to help Atkinson’s family with funeral costs and other expenses, Atkinson was described as “one in a million and loved by so many.”
Atkinson also danced competitively for the Ratcliffe Dance Troupe. The troupe posted a tribute to Atkinson on its Facebook page, noting they had lost a “member of our dance family” and describing Atkinson as a “happy gentle person.”
The mother of 15-year-old Olivia Campbell, who had made several public appeals for information on her daughter’s whereabouts, confirmed that her daughter died in the Manchester attack early Wednesday.
“RIP my darling precious gorgeous girl,” Charlotte Campbell wrote on her Facebook page. “Taken far far to soon go sing with the angels and keep smiling mummy loves you so much.”
In an interview with CNN, Campbell described a telephone conversation with Olivia as she waited for Grande to come to the stage. “She was so happy and she thanked me and said she loved me. That was the last I heard from her,” she said.
Olivia had gone to the concert with her friend, who was celebrating his birthday. She loved music and liked to sing herself, her stepfather Paul Hodgson told CNN. Being at the concert was “like a dream come true to her,” he said.
Campaigns to find Olivia surged across social media following her parents’ appeals. An hour after Charlotte Campbell confirmed her daughter’s death, more than 4,000 people wrote condolences on her Facebook post.
Kelly Brewster, a 32-year-old office worker who was attending Monday night’s concert with her sister and young niece, has been confirmed dead, multiple outlets have reported.
Brewster’s partner Ian Winslow confirmed her death on Facebook Tuesday night. “Kelly really was the happiest she has ever been and we had so many things planned together,” he wrote. Other friends and relatives also took to social media to share memories of Brewster, from Sheffield, England.
Paul Dryhurst, Brewster’s uncle, described how she shielded her sister and niece — who were both hospitalized — from the full force of the blast. “The three were walking out in single file, with Claire in front, Hollie behind her, and Kelly behind her,” he said, according to The Guardian.
Alison Howe and Lisa Lees
Alison Howe, 45, and her 47-year-old friend Lisa Lees were waiting to pick up their daughters in the foyer of the Manchester Arena when the bomb exploded.
Their two daughters, both 15, are believed to be safe, U.K. newspaper The Mirror reported early Wednesday, but neither mother survived the attack.
“For those who don’t know, Lisa is gone but never, ever forgotten. I love you Lisa. I’ll miss you so much,” Lisa Lees’ brother Lee Hunter wrote on Facebook Tuesday night.
Jordan Howe confirmed that his stepmother Alison Howe had died. “They took a caring beautiful mum and step mother away from us all she was amazing to us all x love you loads Alison Howe xx” he wrote on Facebook.
Both women were from the Greater Manchester town of Oldham and had earlier been reported missing by family members.
Marcin and Angelika Klis
Two Polish nationals, Marcin and Angelika Klis, were confirmed dead by Poland’s Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski on Wednesday morning. The York-based couple had come to the Manchester Arena to meet their daughters, who were attending Grande’s concert.
“The parents came after the concert to collect their daughters and unfortunately we have information that they are dead. The children are safe,” Waszczykowski said on Polish Radio Station RMF FM, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Confirmation of the Klis parents’ death comes the day after their 20-year-old daughter Alex, a student at York University, issued a widely shared Facebook plea: “Anyone who is in any safe place or hospital in Manchester, if anyone comes across my parents please please let me know as they’ve been missing ever since the attack,” she wrote.
Below the text, she posted a selfie taken by her parents. It showed them smiling in Manchester’s city center shortly before they arrived at the concert hall.
The death of Martyn Hett, from Greater Manchester, was announced today on Twitter by his “soulmate” Russell Hayward, who said the 29-year-old “left this world exactly how he lived, [as the] center of attention.” Hett, from Greater Manchester, was about to set off on a two-month “dream” tour of the U.S.
Hett, who made a number of appearances on reality television shows including the British favorite Come Dine With Me, sent his final tweet from the Grande concert. At 9.37 p.m. local time, he wrote: “When you sneak out for a toilet break on the Macy Gray song and the entire arena had the same idea #DangerousWomanTour.”
Late last year, a series of tweets by Hett received national attention, when he shared a story of kindness directed towards his mother. His mother had set up a stand where her knitted items could be sold, but when she didn’t manage to sell anything Hett appealed to his friends on social media and quickly her entire online store had sold out.
Hett’s tale, which he collated in a Twitter Moment post called ‘How twitter fell in love with my mother: She was ready to give up on knitting altogether, but Twitter saved the day,’ went viral.
Fourteen-year-old Nell Jones, from Goostrey in Cheshire, northern England, was one of the 22 people who died at the Manchester Arena on Monday, her school confirmed.
Her class teacher, David Wheeler, told the Express: “Nell was a very popular girl, always smiling, always positive. Her tutor group have been together since the transition from primary school. It feels like they have lost a sister not a classmate.” Her headteacher said that children at Nell’s school were “all over the place crying.” “We are all devastated,” he added.
Nell, who was part of a young farmers’ club, attended the concert with a close friend who was treated in the hospital for her injuries. She was believed to have been on crutches at the event.
Mother-of-three Jane Tweddle-Taylor died while waiting pick up her friend’s daughter from the arena. Tweddle-Taylor, who was in her 50s, worked as a receptionist at the South Shore Academy in Blackpool. The headteacher of the school where she worked described Tweddle-Taylor as “irreplaceable” and “much loved.”
Her husband, who works as a performance director for British soccer club Sunderland, told BBC Lancashire that Jane “was obviously a very, very lovely lady and a very good mother to three daughters.” He added: “She was liked by everybody, especially in her community in Blackpool where she work. All her schoolchildren and colleagues are reaching out to pass on her condolences, and obviously all her family.”
Loved ones of Michelle Kiss confirmed the death of the mother-of-three, who had attended the Grande concert with her young daughter, in a statement released to Manchester police.
“She has been taken away from us and all that love her in the most traumatic way imaginable,” the statement said, according to the Associated Press. “We hope to draw from the courage and strength she showed in her life to get through this extremely difficult time.”
“Family was her life,” her family said, adding that Kiss was also a loving wife, sister and daughter.
Kiss’s daughter is believed to be safe and uninjured in the attack, the Manchester Evening News reports.
Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry
The deaths of Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, were confirmed early Thursday by Manchester police. The pair were from South Shields in northeast England, reports the Manchester Evening News.
“On the night our daughter Chloe died and our son Liam died, their wings were ready but our hearts were not,” reads a tribute from the families released through the police.
“They were perfect in every way for each other and were meant to be,” their families said, calling the couple “beautiful inside and out” and “inseparable.”
Curry was a student at Northumbria University majoring in sport and exercise science, reports the BBC.
“They lived to go to new places together and explore different cities,” the statement said. “They wanted to be together forever and now they are.”
Fourteen-year-old Sorrell Leczkowski, an eighth-grade student from Leeds in northwest England, was named Wednesday as another victim in the bombing. Also injured were her mother and grandmother, who went to Manchester Arena to pick up her sister — unhurt in the bombing — from the Ariana Grande concert. They are being treated in hospital, reports the BBC.
In a letter to parents informing them of the news, the school’s principle said Leczkowski’s death left her “deeply saddened.”
“Sorrell was a delightful member of the school community,” the letter said. “She enjoyed her studies, had a lovely group of friends and was a real asset to Allerton High School. Our whole school community is extremely shocked and saddened by this and our thoughts are with Sorrell’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”
The parents of 14-year-old Eilidh MacLeod confirmed on Thursday that she died in the Manchester attack. MacLeod, who is from the island of Barra in the Hebrides in Scotland, had been missing since Monday evening.
“Words cannot express how we feel at losing our darling Eilidh,” her parents said in a statement. “Eilidh was vivacious and full of fun. She loved all music whether it was listening to Ariana or playing the bagpipes with her pipe band.”
MacLeod attended the concert with a friend, who was also initially reported missing but later found to be in hospital with severe burns.
In a statement relayed to multiple outlets by the Greater Manchester Police Thursday morning family members of Elaine McIver played tribute to the fallen police officer.
McIver—from Cheshire, which borders Greater Manchester—was not on duty when she went to Monday night’s concert with her partner. “Elaine just loved life, and had a major love of music,” her family said in the statement.
They also urged people to follow the example McIver had set: “Despite what has happened to her, she would want us all to carry on regardless and not be frightened by fear tactics, instead she regularly urged us all to rise up against it.”
The death of 50-year-old Wendy Fawell was reported by her family and friends on Wednesday evening following a social media drive to locate her. “I am heartbroken beyond belief. I have lost my best friend and confident Wendy Fawell,” her friend Debbie McDowell wrote on Facebook.
McDowell had reportedly attended the Ariana Grande concert with her daughter and friends.
On Thursday morning, St. Oswald’s C of E Primary School, where Fawell had worked, wrote on Twitter: “It is with deepest sadness that I confirm that our former colleague Wendy Fawell was killed in the Manchester bombing. RIP, Wendy.”
According to local newspaper the Telegraph and Argus more than 100 people had earlier attended a candlelit vigil in Fawell’s hometown Otley to pray for her safe return.
Courtney Boyle and Philip Tron
Courtney Boyle, 19, and her stepfather Philip Tron, 32 were both killed in the attack, according to a family statement that the Greater Manchester Police released Thursday.
“My stunning amazing beautiful daughter,” said the statement from Boyle’s mother, Deborah Hutchinson. “You were my rock, you made me so proud with all you had achieved and my gorgeous crazy Philip, you made my world a happy place and now you are both my angels flying high in the sky.”
The pair had arrived in Manchester from Gateshead to watch the concert. Boyle attended Leeds Beckett University within an hour’s drive of Manchester, and Vice Chancellor Peter Slee confirmed the Leeds student’s death in a statement. “Courtney was a lovely, bright and hardworking student who had achieved excellent marks in her first semester with us,” he said. “She is a great loss to the university and to her fellow students.”
Tron’s family called him the “most amazing son, partner, brother, father, uncle, nephew and cousin” in a statement, adding “he would light up the darkest room.”
This is a developing news story and will be updated
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