Three of the 22 who were killed in an attack in Manchester at an Ariana Grande concert have been named. An eight-year-old girl was among the dead, and it is understood many under-16s were injured at the concert. Along with her, a 26-year-old man with a “beautiful soul” and an 18-year-old girl who was an “Ariana Grande superfan” have been confirmed dead.
Here is all we know on the victims of the atrocity.
26-year-old John Atkinson has been confirmed dead by family and friends. The pop fan, from Radcliffe , was reportedly leaving the venue when he was targeted by the attacker.
A local police force tweeted: “As the news comes in, the sympathies and condolences to the familes of Georgina Callander, Saffie Rose Roussos and John Atkinson #RIP”
Many have posted their condolences online, saying he was an “amazing young man” and a “beautiful soul”.
Lee Paul posted on Facebook: “Sleep tight John Atkinson. Thoughts and prayers with all your family and the other 21 people who lost there lives last night.”
Nana Julie Mills said: “Just heard one of my good friends whom I’ve known since he was a little boy passed away last night. Condolences to his family and friends. RIP John Atkinson.”
Talie Andrea wrote: “Heartbroken for the Atkinson family at this sad time never would I imagine this happening so close to home. Rest in paradise John you beautiful soul.”
A GoFundMe has been launched by the local community and it has raised almost £2,000.
Well-wishes wrote: “We are trying to help his family in any way possible at this tragic time. I know all us Radcliffe people can pull together and help this local family out.
“Please donate generously as we all know funeral cost are expensive and will help the family at this sad time! John was one one in a million and loved by so many!! A true gentleman. R.I.P John thoughts and prayers with you family and all of the other victims effected by this tragedy”
Saffie-Rose Roussos died from her injuries at the concert on Monday night. The headteacher at her school, Chris Upton, said: “Saffie was simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word. She was loved by everyone”. In a statement released this afternoon, Tarleton Community Primary School headteacher, Chris Upton, said the news was “heartbreaking”.
“News of Saffie’s death in this appalling attack has come as a tremendous shock to all of us and I would like to send our deepest condolences to all of her family and friends,” said Mr Upton.
“The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking.”
He added: “Saffie was simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word. She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly. Saffie was quiet and unassuming with a creative flair.”
“Our focus is now on helping pupils and staff cope with this shocking news and we have called in specialist support from Lancashire County Council to help us do that. We are a tight-knit school and wider community and will give each other the support that we need at this difficult time.”
Saffie’s parents are believed to run a fish and chip shop in Leyland, Lancs. Saffie-Rose’s mother and sister, Lisa and her older sister Ashlee are being treated for shrapnel injuries in separate hospitals.
Kate Tinsley, whose daughter Jessica was a friend of Saffie at Tarleton Community Primary School, near Preston, had earlier told The Sun: “Everybody is worried, the whole village. Everybody is in bits waiting for news, just some news that she’s okay, she’s alive.” Saffie-Rose was at the concert with her mother Lisa and her older sister Ashlee, who are both reportedly being treated in hospital.
The first named victim of the Manchester terror attack was Georgina Bethany Callander, an 18-year-old Ariana Grande superfan who was excited to see her idol on Monday night. Ms. Callander had met Ariana Grande in 2015, and posted excitedly about the time she met her star on Instagram. She attended Runshaw college in Lancashire.
The young fan, from Whittle-le-Woods in Lancashire, was one of 22 people killed by the blast as she left the Ariana Grande concert at the 21,000-capacity venue.
Her college confirmed she was dead, telling The Telegraph: “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.
“Georgina Callander was a former Bishop Rawstorne pupil studying with us on the second year of her Health and Social Care course. Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Georgina’s family, friends, and all of those affected by this loss. We are offering all available support possible at this tragic time, including counseling with our dedicated student support team.”
Friends posted heartbroken messages on social media mourning their friend, who loved pop music and frequently attended concerts and shows. When she met Ariana Grande two years ago, she wrote: “Thank you for everything my love I miss you.” Before the concert, Ms Callander wrote on Twitter: “SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU TOMORROW.”
She knew she was attending the show in 2016, and wrote of how she couldn’t wait to hear Ariana Grande sing. The student was a big fan of music and film, and has posted many proud pictures of herself meeting her idols on social media.