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On May 22, a bomb exploded outside of the Manchester Arena in England after an Ariana Grande concert.
Videos taken by people still inside the building showed the panic and confusion that ensued following the initial blast:
The suicide bomber who carried out the attack has been identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi.
At least 22 people lost their lives, and more than 50 others have suffered injuries. Grande, who was not physically injured by the blast, shared her condolences via Twitter:
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
Three of the victims have been named, including 26-year-old John Atkinson and 18-year-old Georgina Callander.
The third victim named was the youngest of them all: 8-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos:
— SwanQueen Edits (@swanqueen_edits) May 23, 2017
According to the Independent, Saffie went to the concert with her mom, Lisa Roussos, and her stepsister, Ashlee Bromwich. She was with both of them at the time of the attack.
Lisa and Ashlee are being treated for their injuries in two separate hospitals.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 23, 2017
Those who knew Saffie best have since come forward to talk about the child.
Chris Upton, the headteacher at her 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.
The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking.”
The father of Saffie’s best friend, John Jackson, took to Facebook to offer his condolences. He wrote, in part:
Thank you all for your messages and comments. Our hearts are completely broken for Saffie, her family and our little girl. The hardest thing we’ve ever had to do in our lives is try to explain to our 8yr old daughter that her best friend is now an angel watching over her and was taken from us all by a bad man. […]
Our thoughts and prayers are with Saffie and her family. Rest In Peace little one.
He said he “can’t imagine what her family are going through.”
Hundreds took to Twitter to express their shock after learning someone as young as 8 years old lost her life in this attack:
RIP Saffie Rose Roussos.
She was just 8 years old. Targeted & murdered by ISIS as she attended a pop concert. pic.twitter.com/RaXk7MDw95
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 23, 2017
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 23, 2017
The 2nd victim is identified as Saffie Rose Roussos, an 8-year-old separated by her mother and sister last night. May she rest in peace ???? pic.twitter.com/fpSMhBIAp4
— Ariana Grande Today (@ArianaToday) May 23, 2017
— corey seville (@coreyseville) May 23, 2017
According to the Telegraph, Saffie viewed Grande as one of her idols.
As a teddy bear placed at a memorial for Saffie read, “R.I.P. little one. Shine brightly, sleep tight.”