A teenage superfan of American singer Ariana Grande as well as a primary school student “loved by everyone” are the first people publicly identified as being among the 22 killed in an attack at a concert in Manchester, England.
The name of Georgina Callander, 18, was released first following the suicide bombing at Manchester Arena that also wounded 59 people.
Runshaw College in Lancashire, about an hour northwest of Manchester, released a statement confirming with “enormous sadness” that Callander had died. She was in her second year taking a Health and Social Care specialty, the college said.
Callander was also mourned at Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy, the secondary school she previously attended.
Peter Rawlinson, deputy of the academy, told The Associated Press that Callander “was academically a very gifted student, very hard-working. Just lovely to speak to.”
A picture of Callander and Grande that was taken after a 2015 Manchester concert appearance was posted on social media accounts belonging to her friends.
Saffie-Rose Roussos, 8, was also killed, according to the headmaster of the school she attended in Tarleton, a small town northwest of Manchester.
Chris Upton of Tarleton Community Primary School said in a statement: “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.”
The school was making counselling services available for friends and staff, said Upton.
‘I need to know where she is”
Friends of the family had taken to Facebook in a desperate appeal for information of Roussos’s whereabouts in the chaotic aftermath of the attack and after it had been confirmed that her mother and sister Ashlee were being treated in a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Dozens were also injured as the pop concert at Manchester Arena came to an end. An official with the ambulance service said early Tuesday that about 12 children were transported to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
British police also confirmed with BBC the name of the first known male fatality. John Atkinson, 26, was from Radcliffe, a suburb of Manchester.
Charlotte Campbell, mother of missing 15-year-old Olivia Campbell, was among those agonizing over having not heard from their missing loved ones.
“I need my daughter home. I need to know where she is,” she told a television reporter.