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Twenty-two lives were lost on May 22 in Manchester, England. An explosion just outside Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert also injured dozens of people, but took away the peace of mind of millions.
And among the families and friends of those harmed — some of whom were young fans — Grande herself fled the country in profound despair out of what happened to her adoring fans.
All she managed at first was a sole tweet expressing her sadness:
She quickly suspended the remainder of her tour.
In Grande's absence, thousands of people raised money, provided shelter, and saved the lives of those affected — not to mention the millions who shared their message of solidarity with the city and the victims.
But after a few days time with her family at her Boca Raton, Florida, home, Grande took action. Last week, she announced she'd soon be returning to the city where it all happened to hold a benefit concert for the victims and their families:
Her announcement read, in part:
"I don't want to go the rest of the year without being able to see and hold and uplift my fans the same way they continue to uplift me. Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.
I'll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families."
And on Friday, Grande touched down in the United Kingdom again.
It wasn't long before the heartbroken singer was spotted visiting the bombing victims at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, which, for one young fan, shed a small light on the devastating experience:
In fact, the victim's father, Peter Mann, said Grande's visit was the happiest he's ever seen his daughter:
“This means more to us than all the amazing things people have done this week. When your daughter asks after her 2nd operation, 'Is Ariana ok?' So happy she came I could burst! Never seen Jaden so happy! Even cried again myself.”
Grande is set to perform alongside several other artists like Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Usher, and Miley Cyrus on Sunday.
And judging by the way Grande's fans in the hospital lit up during her visits, her concert is expected to light up the city just as much.