Olivia Campbell, the 15-year-old girl whose mother, Charlotte, had gone on television in heart-wrenching appearances, died in the terrorist attack.
That word came from Charlotte Campbell, Olivia’s mother on Facebook. “RIP my darling precious gorgeous girl Olivia Campbell taken far far to soon go sing with the angels and keep smiling mummy loves you so much,” she wrote on May 23.
The mother’s search, and her tears, came to symbolize the humanity behind the tragedy, which took 22 lives at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Olivia’s grandfather also wrote that the family had not received the information it was praying for.
Authorities now say that the attack was caused by a suicide bomber named Salman Abedi.
For hours, strangers around the world joined Charlotte Campbell in playing that her daughter, a Grande fan who had gone to the concert with her best friend, would turn up alive. Strangers wrote that they couldn’t sleep or were refreshing their computer screens constantly to find out what happened to the English teen with so much life left to live. Hope slowly faded and, sadly, it was not to be.
1. Olivia’s Mother Took Repeatedly to the Airwaves Looking for Her Daughter
In heartbreaking television appearances that moved people throughout the world – many of whom constantly searched for news that Olivia was OK – Olivia’s mother, Charlotte, had asked people to look for the teen.
She spoke to the hosts of Good Morning Britain while Olivia was still missing, and said, “She’s not turned up yet,” she said. “Calling the hospitals, the hotels where people say children have been taken. I’ve called the police. There’s no news. And I’ve just got to wait.”
She told CNN, “It’s the most horrible feeling ever. To know that your daughter’s there, and you can’t find her, and you don’t know if she’s dead or alive. I don’t know how people can do this to innocent children.”
2. Olivia Was at the Concert With Her Best Friend, Who Was Found in Hospital
There was early hope. Charlotte’s daughter had gone to the concert with a friend named Adam Lawler, and he was found alive in a hospital.
Charlotte Campbell told CNN. She said her daughter and her best friend, Lawler, were excited and bought new clothes for the concert. “It’s ended in absolute carnage,” the frantic mother said.
Charlotte’s mother confirmed on television that Lawler was found in a hospital early on, but she said she didn’t know his condition. She was waiting at home to see if her daughter would show up.
3. Olivia Texted Her Mother From the Concert & Said She Was Having a ‘Great Time’
Olivia had texted her mother around 8:30 p.m. the night of the bombing, about two hours before it occurred.
The text said that the girl was having “an amazing time,” reports the New Yorker. Olivia “had also thanked her mother for letting her go to the concert,” according to the magazine, which said that Campbell’s father spent the night searching Manchester streets for the teen while her mother went on television and called hospitals.
They also tried desperately to reach the girl through her cell phone, but the phone’s battery had died, according to The New Yorker.
4. Many People, From Loved Ones to Strangers, Shared Campbell’s Missing Person Photos
Throughout the night, many people stayed glued to their computer screens, looking for information on whether Olivia was found.
A friend wrote on Facebook, “If any of Olivia Campbell friends hear from her please contact me or Charlotte Campbell she was at the concert in manchester and we cant get in touch with her thanks.”
Many people wrote that they couldn’t sleep because they were so troubled by the report of the missing girl.
“Can’t sleep bcuz I’m haunted by Charlotte Campbell searching for #OliviaCampbell in the #ManchesterArena tragedy. Praying she’s found safe,” one woman wrote.
5. Other Victims of the Manchester Bombing Include an 8-year-old Girl & College Student
The names of the other victims are starting to be released. Among them: Saffie Rose Roussos, 8, and Georgina Callandar, an 18-year-old girl who was in college and was described as a super fan of Ariana Grande.
According to The Sun, “Twelve children under 16 were taken to hospital in a critical condition.”
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