These Are The Victims Of The Manchester Concert Attack
Twenty-two people were killed following an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday night.
Saffie Roussos, 8
Eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos was killed in the attack on Manchester Arena, Tarleton Community Primary School, which she attended, has confirmed.
"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,” headteacher Chris Upton said in a statement to The Guardian. “The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking.”
Saffie attended the Ariana Grande concert at the arena with her mother Lisa and her sister Ashlee Bromwich, who are understood to be receiving treatment for shrapnel wounds at a hospital in nearby Bolton.
Speaking to the BBC on Tuesday, prime minister Theresa May said it was "absolutely barbaric" to "cut off young lives in this way".
She added: "Our thoughts must be with their family and friends at this tragedy which has taken place."
Georgina Callander, 18
Georgina Callander, an 18-year-old student from Lancashire, was the first victim of the Manchester attack to be identified.
Callander received tributes from a number of fellow teens in online communities, sparking the hashtag #RIPHarmonizerGina, a reference to the fandom for girl group Fifth Harmony.
Television personalities she had met also paid tribute. "It's not fair, it's not right. It makes me so angry and it breaks my heart that such a young and promising life has been stolen away!" Karen David, star of US TV show Once Upon a Time, wrote on Instagram.
John Atkinson, 26
Local police have confirmed that John Atkinson was one of the 22 people killed in Manchester on Monday night. Atkinson was 26 and from Radcliffe, near Bury, according to the Manchester Evening News.
In tributes on Facebook, Atkinson was described as a "beautiful soul" and a "wonderful man".
"Heartbroken for the Atkinson family at this Sad time never would I imagine this happening so close to home..," Taliè Andrèa, who appeared to be a friend of Atkinson's, wrote. "Rest in paradise John you beautiful soul.. 🏾"
A fundraising page for funeral costs was set up by members of Atkinson's community on Tuesday. "We are trying to help his family in any way possible at this tragic time," Hayley Turk, who set up the page, wrote. "I know all us Radcliffe people can pull together and help this local family out."
Olivia Campbell, 15
Olivia Campbell's mother Charlotte confirmed in a Facebook post early on Wednesday morning that the teenager had died, writing: "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."
Olivia's grandfather and a friend also confirmed the death.
"We will miss Ollie every day. But this house will always be full of laughter because of the 15 years of memories she gave us," her mother and step-father later said in a statement. "She was so lovely but could be an absolute nightmare in equal measure but everything she did we loved."
Charlotte Campbell had made a number of public appeals to find her missing daughter throughout Tuesday, having continually tried to reach her missing daughter by phone.
“She had her phone with her but it’s dead, I don’t know whether she’s lost it in the stampede to get out of there, but she knows by number off by heart so I know she can contact me if she’s able to,” she told the Manchester Evening News.
The teen had just updated her Facebook with new photos of her and her boyfriend, Lewis Brierley, dressed up and smiling before attending a wedding.
Following her death, Campbell's father announced that the family will establish a trust in Olivia’s name to enable young people to take part in the performing arts, Olivia’s passion.
He said the their "memories are of happy times, of fun at family gatherings".
"The ones suffering most are the young people in our family," he continued in a statement via Greater Manchester police. "Their world has changed forever. Suddenly it is not so full of joy and possibility.
"With our love and care they will heal, so please don’t hate in Olivia’s name, we choose to love.
"Our thoughts are with the injured, may they reach a full recovery."
Campbell's father added that he wished to thank local police and emergency services for their support.
Olivia loved music and often sang to herself, her stepfather, Paul Hodgson, told CNN.
The 15-year-old attended the concert with her friend Adam Lawler for his birthday and had called her mother from the venue to say how happy she was to see Ariana Grande, an emotional Campbell told CNN.
"Music is my everything," Olivia's Facebook profile states.
Kelly Brewster, 32
Sheffield woman Kelly Brewster has been confirmed as one of the victims by her partner and family members.
Brewster was attending the Ariana Grande concert with her sister Claire and niece Hollie.
Hollie was "heroically shielded" by her aunt during the attack, Brewster's uncle, Paul Dryhurst said, according to the BBC.
Brewster was a civil servant, and once worked at Irwin Mitchell solicitors in Sheffield. She had reportedly put a deposit down on a house in Sheffield with boyfriend Ian Winslow the day before the attack, the Sheffield Star reported.
"Not sure how this works but it isn't good news. Kelly Brewster wasn't one of the unidentified hospital patients. She has sadly passed away in the terror attack yesterday," Winslow posted on Facebook.
"Kelly really was the happiest she has ever been and we had so many things planned together. My daughter Phoebe will be absolutely devastated like we all are. Love you loads."
Angelika Klis, 40 and Marcin Klis, 42
York couple Angelika and Marcin Klis, who are originally from Poland, were confirmed among the dead by Poland's foreign minister and Polish media.
The couple leave behind two daughters, Alex and Patrycia. Before their parents' deaths were confirmed, Alex posted a desperate plea on Facebook seeking information about them.
Speaking to local media, Polish foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski said: "The parents came after the concert to collect their daughters and unfortunately we have information that they are dead. The children are safe."
Marcin Klis was believed to be a cab driver at York Cars Taxi Service. A colleague from his workplace told The Telegraph: "It is all very raw right now – we are waiting for the owner of the company to come in. I’m not going to give any information out, out of respect for his family.
"It is worse for his family, I’m more concerned about his family right now. I’m more concerned about his daughter."
Lisa Lees, 47 and Alison Howe, 45
Friends Lisa Lees and Alison Howe, from Oldham, who were at the concert with their daughters, have died following the attack. Their deaths were confirmed by Lees' brother and Howe's stepson on Facebook.
"For those who don't know Lisa is gone but never ever forgotten I love you Lisa I'll miss you so much," Lees' brother wrote.
Howe's stepson Jordan said: "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."
Both women's daughters, aged 15, are believed to be safe, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Martyn Hett, 29
Martyn Hett, 29, has died following Monday’s attack, a close friend has said on Twitter.
“He left this world exactly as he lived, centre of attention,” Russell Hayward, who described himself as Hett’s “soulmate” wrote on Wednesday morning. “I love you Martyn, I always will,” he added.
Hett’s brother Dan, who had been leading the search for the missing 29-year-old, also confirmed his death. “They found my brother last night. We are heartbroken,” he wrote on Twitter.
"Martyn was the icon of our lives," his family later said in a statement. "Whilst they have taken the life out of Martyn no one can, and ever will, take Martyn out of our lives."
Tributes for Hett, who was a prominent figure on social media, and once won television cooking game show Come Dine With Me, quickly poured in following the announcement.
Last summer, Hett also sparked a heartwarming online following for his mum, Figen Murray, when he urged his large Twitter following to buy her knitted toys after nobody turned up to a craft fair she was holding.
"I've never met someone who lived their life as fully as he did, he was fearless and confident in such an inspiring way," one friend wrote.
"Heartbreaking news about Martyn Hett," television writer Gary Gillatt said. "He was amazing on Twitter, and generously let me steal his jokes for Inside Soap."
Hett was known on social media for his love of ITV soap Coronation Street, and had an infamous tattoo of one of the show's characters, Deirdre Barlow.
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Jane Tweddle-Taylor, 50
Jane Tweddle-Taylor, 50, from Blackpool, has died following Monday's attack, her family confirmed to the BBC.
Tweddle-Taylor, a receptionist at South Shore Academy School, was at the arena with a friend, who was there to collect her daughter.
Jane Bailey, the principal of South Shore, also confirmed Tweddle-Taylor's death in a statement from the school, describing her as a "wonderful friend and colleague".
"We have received numerous messages of condolences from parents, students, community members and colleagues across Blackpool for which we are very grateful," Bailey said. "All of them say the same things about our lovely Jane… bubbly, kind, welcoming, funny, generous… the list goes on.
"Our thoughts are also with her family at this dreadful time and in particular her three daughters. In our school family and theirs… she is irreplaceable, much loved and will never be forgotten."
Nell Jones, 14
Nell Jones was the 11th victim to be named as having died in Monday's concert attack in Manchester.
Police confirmed that she died at the scene of the attack, Denis Oliver, the headteacher at her school, Holmes Chapel Comprehensive and Sixth Form in Cheshire, said in a statement.
"We are all devastated by the loss and as a school community we must now come to terms with what has happened," Oliver said. "Nell was a very bright and popular student."
Nell's form tutor, David Wheeler, described her as a very popular girl who was always smiling and positive. "Her tutor group have been together since the transition from primary school. It feels like they have lost a sister not a classmate,” he said.
Nell's family had been appealing for information about the 14-year-old, who was previously reported to be missing. A hashtag, #PrayForNell, appeared on social media throughout their search.
On Tuesday, Kaye Head, the mother of Nell's friend Olivia, told BuzzFeed News that Nell "is just a lovely girl".
Michelle Kiss, 45
Michelle Kiss, a mother of three from Blackburn, died in Monday's attack, her family has confirmed.
"Family was her life and we are all obviously devastated by her loss," they said in a statement. "She has been taken away from us and all that love her, in the most traumatic way imaginable.
"We hope to draw the courage and strength she showed in her life to get us through this extremely difficult time."
Kiss had attended the concert with her young daughter, who is believed to be safe. "Excited girlies ready to watch Ariana," she wrote on Facebook in a post checking in at Manchester Arena on Monday evening.
Kiss was initially missing following Monday's attack. An update appealing for information shared by a family friend on Facebook, included an image that purported to show Kiss's daughter accompanied by a police officer outside the area after she had become separated from her mother in the wake of the attack.
Sorrell Leczkowski, 14
Sorrell Leczkowski, 14, was among the victims of the attack, two of her aunts confirmed via social media.
"Words cannot express how devastated we all are for loosing such a beautiful talented young girl!" aunt Jo Walker wrote on Instagram. "My beautiful niece you will be sorely missed!"
Leczkowski's grandfather said in a statement that she had been at the arena with her mother and grandmother, who survived but are injured, to collect her younger sister. "Sorrell was only 14, but she was our rock, she kept us all grounded," he wrote. "She was a clever, talented, creative girl, there was nothing she couldn't do.
"She was going to be an architect and wanted to go to Columbia University in New York to study so that she could build hotels with slides coming out of the rooms, and so that she could build her mum a house."
Leczkowski was from Adel, a suburb of Leeds, according to Greg Mulholland, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Leeds, who offered his condolences via Twitter.
"She has had a 15 hour surgery to remove shrapnel from her body and has compound wounds to her arms and legs," Leczkowski's aunt, Stacie Healy, wrote of the girl's grandmother. "She is still not awake from this."
Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19
Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry had travelled to Manchester from South Shields for the concert, according to the Shields Gazette.
Immediately after the attack, they were listed as missing, and their parents traveled to Manchester to look for them. The band Little Mix, who have two members from South Shields, also tweeted to ask people to report any information about the pair.
On Wednesday their families said they had died and shared a tribute:
"One the night our daughter Chloe died and our son Liam died, their wings were ready but our hearts were not.
"They were perfect in every way for each other and were meant to be. They were beautiful inside and out to ourselves and our families, and they were inseparable.
"Chloe always described herself as ditzy who Liam adored and would do anything for, including dealing with Chloe's demands for chocolate.
"They lived to go to new places together and explore different cities. They wanted to be together forever and now they are."
The Hilton hotel in Gateshead, where Curry and Rutherford both worked, paid tribute to the teenagers. "Our deepest condolences are with the family and friends of Liam and Chloe at this very difficult time," manager Martin Robinson said.
"Everyone at the hotel will remember two wonderful members of our team, who brought so much happiness to those around them and who will be very sadly missed."
Eilidh MacLeod, 14
Eilidh MacLeod, 14, was from the Isle of Barra in Scotland’s Western Isles.
Her death was confirmed on Thursday morning, with her family issuing a statement.
“Our family is devastated and words cannot express how we feel at losing our darling Eilidh," the statement read. “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.
"As a family we would like to express our thanks and gratitude for the support and kind messages we have received at this difficult time."
Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted her condolences, saying: "This is heartbreaking news. My thoughts are with Eilidh's mum and dad, and all of her family and friends."
Sturgeon also paid tribute to MacLeod during first minister's questions in Scottish parliament on Thursday.
“I know we will all want to send our love and thoughts to Eilidh’s mum and dad and to all of her family and friends at this dreadful time for them," she said. "Our thoughts are also with Eilidh’s friend Laura MacIntyre who remains in hospital.”
Norman A MacDonald, a local councillor in Barra said that flags were flying at half-mast on the island in remembrance of MacLeod. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Laura and Eilidh, and with all those affected," he said in a statement. "We share the feelings of all those who grieve and who are suffering as the impact of this atrocity continues to be felt."
MacLeod was a pupil at Castlebay Community School.
Annag Maclean, headteacher at the school, said in a statement that the island community was "feeling numb and struggling to come to terms with it".
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Eilidh and Laura, their family and friends as they struggle to cope," Maclean added.
MacLeod attended the Ariana Grande concert with her friend Laura McIntyre, 15, and the pair had been accompanied to Manchester by family.
McIntyre had been missing in the aftermath of the attack, but was found alive in hospital, the BBC reported on Tuesday.
Wendy Fawell, 50
Wendy Fawell, 50, who attended Monday night's concert with her daughter and friends, is among the dead, St Oswald's Primary School tweeted.
Her daughter and friends are believed to have survived.
"It is with deepest sadness that I confirm that our former colleague Wendy Fawell was killed in the Manchester bombing. RIP, Wendy," a spokesperson for the West Yorkshire school tweeted.
A tribute from her son, which was distributed by police, said he and his family were "truly devastated by the news".
"Mum was a wonderful woman. So kind and generous and touched the lives of so many. She will be greatly missed," he said. "Also, I would like to add how much it means to us what everybody at home and in Manchester have done to support us at this time. Thank you."
Friends on Facebook also paid tribute. "I am heartbroken beyond belief," one wrote. "I have lost my best friend and confident Wendy Fawell. A beautiful, lady who I will have treasured memories of. Nite god bless sweetheart."
Elaine McIver, a police officer from Cheshire, died during Monday's attack. She was off duty at the time and was attending the concert with her husband and two children, all of whom are injured but have survived.
"Elaine was a much loved daughter, sister, Auntie, friend and colleague, the best we could ever have wished for," her family said in a statement confirming her death.
“She was everyone’s friend, thoughtful beyond belief with an effervescent and outgoing personality.
“She would have been devastated by the injuries sustained by her partner Paul, and we all wish him a speedy recovery.
“Elaine just loved life, and had a major love of music. 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.
“Although we will all miss her beyond belief, we absolutely know she will live in our hearts forever.”
Courtney Boyle, 19 and Philip Tron, 32
Nineteen-year-old Courtney Boyle and 32-year-old Philip Tron, both from Gateshead, have been identified among the dead, their families have confirmed.
"My stunning amazing beautiful daughter 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," Boyle's mother said in a statement.
"I am going to miss my baby girl Courtney Boyle for the rest of my life," her father added. "I will never forget you and I will love you forever."
Tron's mother offered her thanks to emergency services, police, nurses, support staff, family and friends and the people of Manchester "for their continued help and support which they have given us throughout this harrowing time".
"Philip was such a fun loving, energetic soul, he would light up the darkest room and lift your spirits with his infectious laugh, witty sense of humour and his beautiful smile," she said. "Words cannot express the huge void his passing has left in all our lives."
Boyle's sister said she "is now a shining yellow star in the sky".
Boyle's boyfriend also paid tribute in the statement released via Greater Manchester police. "My Courtney was an adventurer, a precious & joyous soul," he said. "She made people feel loved and feel safe.
"She was a soulmate, a friend, a daughter and a sister. No one had what that lass had, she was like no other. And she was on a path to fulfilment, and was happy when she passed.
"Nobody has ever made me as happy as her and I'm the person I am today because of her."
Megan Hurley, 15
The 15-year-old was at the concert with her 20-year-old brother, Bradley, who was injured in the attack. She was from Halewood, a suburb in Liverpool, and attended Halewood Academy.
"Megan was a fun-loving, sincere, caring and beautiful young lady," her parents, Michael and Joanne said in a statement.
"Cruelly taken from us on a night she had waited so long for. No words can describe how we feel right now, other than our hearts are broken and our lives are shattered.
"Goodnight. God bless. Beauty Queen."
Su-Benson-Carson, who is related to the family, posted about the "devastating loss" on Facebook.
Her aunt, Maxine Benson, said in a now-removed Facebook post that "her poor sister and Mike are destroyed beyond words... it doesn't seem fair for two kids to go to a concert and only one returns how in God's name could this happen to such a lovely family... heartbroken xx." In another post, she asked for reporters to "please give my family some privacy and respect at this devastating time."
Helen McDermott, who lives in the area and started a crowdfunding page for the family, told BuzzFeed News that she started the fundraiser to help Megan's parents, who own a local sandwich bar.
"Megan lived in our road & played with our daughter Leah as kids. Megan was a lovely, gentle little girl. Thoughts are with Brad, Jo and Mike. We just cant find the words... Deb, Ste, Leah, Nathan," Steven French wrote on the page.
"Megan was such a lovely girl who was so gentle and caring. Rest in peace sweetheart," said Michelle Morris.
Francis Whittaker contributed reporting to this article.