An 8-year-old girl, Saffie Rose Roussos, has been named as one of the victims in the Manchester bombing.
Heartbreaking photos of the child circulated on social media, capturing her smiling innocence.
Saffie was killed as she left an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester England. Authorities now say that a suicide bomber named Salman Abedi detonated an improvised explosives device, triggering the blast.
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Saffie Was at the Ariana Grande Concert With Her Mother & Sister
Saffie had gone to the concert with her mother, Lisa Roussos, and sister Ashlee Bromwich, according to the Guardian.
They were also injured but survived the attack. “It is understood they are being treated in hospital,” the Guardian reported.
2. Saffie Was Remembered as a ‘Beautiful Little Girl’
The child didn’t have much time to live, but she had already developed a distinct personality and was remembered for her ‘creative flair.’
Chris Upton, headteacher at her Tarleton Community Primary school, told The Guardian: “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.”
He added to the news site: “The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking.”
3. The First Victim of the Attack Was a College Student & Ariana ‘Super Fan’
Saffie was the second victim named in the terrorist attack. The first, Georgina Callandar, was a college student and Ariana Grande “super fan.”
Callandar, 18, who was studying health at a local college, had tweeted her excitement to Ariana before the concert and, in 2015, posted photos of herself with the singer on Instagram.
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4. Altogether, 22 People Died in the Attack at the Concert
Along with Saffie and Georgina, 20 other people were reportedly killed in the blast, and 59 people were injured.
5. Parents of the Missing Took to Social Media Looking for News of Their Loved Ones
Some desperate parents were still waiting for news of their loved ones hours after the attack unfolded. One mother, Charlotte Campbell, took to the airwaves to seek information about her 15-year-old daughter, Olivia Campbell, but there was still no word on Olivia hours after the attack.
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