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First victims in Manchester Arena attack named

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The first victims of last night’s tragic terror attack at the Manchester Arena have been named.

The first victim was named as 18-year-old Georgina Callander, followed by Saffie Rose Roussos, aged eight.

The Evening Standard reports, Georgina Callender died in hospital with her mother by her bedside.

Georgina, a huge fan of Ariana Grande, tweeted the singer a message with the caption ‘SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU TOMORROW”.

Her friends have described her as “a beautiful girl with the kindest heart and soul”.



The Guardian reports, the second tragic death was announced as eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos. She was at the concert with her mother Lisa Roussos, and sister Ashlee Bromwich.


“Saffie was simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word,” said headteacher at Tarleton Community Primary school, where Saffie was a pupil. “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: “The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking.”

US pop star Ariana Grande tweeted said she felt “Broken”, following the suspected terror attack at her concert.

“From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words,” she added.

Anybody concerned about friends or loved ones can call 0161 856 9400. This number is specifically for people looking for anybody who might have been caught up in the attack. Victorian Station and a number of roads remain closed.

Anybody affected by last night’s events can contact the Manchester Met Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service on 0161 247 3493 or visit

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