Lancashire County Council confirmed that among the first victims of the Monday night Ariana Grande concert attack at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK, were a college student and a young schoolgirl.
BBC reports that the first victims were identified Georgina Callander, 16, and Saffie Rose Roussos, 8.
Georgina Callander was the first named victim of the attack. According to her Instagram account, the Runshaw College student met Grande in 2015 and was excited to see her again in concert. On Tuesday morning, her college confirmed that she had passed away.
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“It is with enormous sadness that it appears that one of the people who lost their lives in Monday’s Manchester attack was one of our students here at Runshaw College. Georgina Callander was a former Bishop Rawstorne pupil studying with us on the second year of her Health and Social Care course.”
Saffie-Rose Roussos, a student at the Tarleton Community Primary School, also passed away from her injuries. The headteacher of her school, Chris Upton, announced that the little girl was “loved by everyone.”
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“Saffie was simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word. She was loved by everyone. News of Saffie’s death in this appalling attack has come as a tremendous shock to all of us and I would like to send our deepest condolences to all of her family and friends.”
A total of 22 people have been confirmed dead after the concert attack, and incident that ISIS took responsibility for. Around 119 people were injured.
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