These are the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack

By Kim Abrahams
24 May 2017

What was supposed to be a night of fun turned into a night of horror.

What was supposed to be a night of fun turned into a night of horror after a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at an Ariana Grande concert

The attack took place at Manchester Arena in England on Monday night and police have confirmed that 22 people lost their lives – the youngest of which was only eight years old – and 59 others injured.

While the world still reels from the shock of the cruel act, the list of confirmed casualties continues to grow.

These are the known victims:

  1. Marcin and Angelika Klis

The Polish couple died while waiting for their children, Alex and Patricia, at the concert. Alex, a 20-year-old university student, pleaded with friends and family on Facebook after Marcin (42) and Angelika (40) never replied to her messages. The Polish government has confirmed their deaths.

  1. Alison Howe and Lisa Lees

Friends Alison (45) and Lisa (47) died as they waited in the foyer of the arena for their daughters after the concert. The pair were first reported missing but family members later confirmed their deaths.

“They took a caring, beautiful mum and stepmother away from us all. She was amazing to us all. Love you loads, Alison Howe, xx,” Alison’s stepson, Jordan, wrote on Facebook.

Alison (left) and Lisa (right). Photo: Facebook Alison (left) and Lisa (right). Photo: Facebook

  1. John Atkinson

Twenty-six-year-old John died while leaving the venue. Freak Dance Radcliffe troupe, for whom he was a dancer, described him as a “happy, gentle person” and a “real pleasure to teach”.

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  1. Saffie-Rose Roussos

The youngest known casualty of the attack is eight-year-old Saffie. The girl succumbed to her injuries sustained in Monday night’s explosion. Her mother and two sisters also sustained injuries and are being treated in hospital.

Chris Upton, the principal of Tarleton Community Primary School, which Saffie attended, said, “Saffie was simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word. She was loved by everyone.”

  1. Kelly Brewster

According to reports, Kelly died after her body “shielded” her niece from the explosion. She was first reported missing but her partner, Ian Winslow, later took to Facebook to confirm the brunette’s death. “Not sure how this works but it isn’t good news. Kelly Brewster wasn’t one of the unidentified hospital patients. She’s sadly passed away in the terror attack yesterday,” he wrote. Kelly leaves behind a two-year-old daughter.

Kelly and her partner, Ian. Photo: Facebook

  1. Olivia Campbell

Olivia’s mother, Charlotte, broke down in tears when she made an emotional appeal on television to find her then-missing daughter. But the family’s worst nightmare became a reality when 15-year-old Olivia was confirmed dead. Charlotte shared a moving tribute to her daughter on Facebook. “RIP my darling, precious, gorgeous girl Olivia Campbell. Taken far, far too soon. Go sing with the angels and keep smiling. Mummy loves you so much,” she wrote.

  1. Georgina Callander

Georgina was the first known victim of the attack. The 18-year-old died while leaving the concert. She’d met American pop star Ariana Grande two years ago and a night before the concert tweeted she was excited to see her perform. Family and friends shared heartwarming messages of the teen, describing her as “a beautiful girl with the kindest heart”.

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