Faces of the innocent: Victims of cowardly attack at Manchester Arena
They went out for a night of fun but instead found themselves at the centre of one of the worst terror attacks in British history.
Olivia Campbell, Alison Howe, Lisa Lees, Kelly Brewster, Saffie Rose Roussos, John Atkinson, Martyn Hett, Jane Tweddle-Taylor, Georgina Callendar, Megan Hurley, and Marcin and Anjelika Klis were all killed at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.
As the day goes on, that list of names will continue to grow, but we must remember their names and their faces – not that of the terrorist who murdered them on Monday evening.
Olivia Campbell, from Bury, Greater Manchester, was among 22 people killed by suicide bomber Salman Abedi in an attack on a pop concert on Monday night.
The schoolgirl, along with eight-year-old Saffie Roussos and teenager Georgina Callander, were among the first of the terrorist’s victims to be named.
Olivia’s family had spent Tuesday frantically searching for her, hoping that she was one of the dozens of injured people injured in the blast receiving treatment in hospital.
But in the early hours of Wednesday Charlotte Campbell revealed her daughter had died in the blast.
Alongside a photo of Olivia she wrote on Facebook: ‘RIP my darling precious gorgeous girl Olivia Campbell taken far far to soon go sing with the angels and keep smiling mummy loves you so much.’
Alison Howe and Lisa Lees
Alison Howe, 45, from Royton, Greater Manchester, was reported missing by relatives along with her friend, Lisa Lees.
A family member wrote on Facebook late on Tuesday: ‘They took a caring beautiful mum and step mother away from us all she was amazing to us all x love you loads Alison Howe xx’
They died waiting for their children to come out of the arena.
Kelly Brewster, from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, was reported to be among those missing following the attack.
Her partner Ian Winslow, later wrote on Facebook: ‘Not sure how this works but it isn’t good news. Kelly Brewster wasn’t one of the unidentified hospital patients. She has sadly passed away in the terror attack yesterday.
‘Kelly really was the happiest she has ever been and we had so many things planned together. My daughter Phoebe will be absolutely devastated like we all are.’
Saffie Rose Roussos
On Wednesday tributes were paid to those killed in the blast, including Saffie, who was described by the headteacher at her school in Preston as a ‘beautiful little girl’.
Saffie had been at the concert with her mother, Lisa Roussos, and sister, Ashlee Bromwich, who is in her 20s, from Leyland, Lancashire.
They are both now in separate hospitals being treated for injuries, friends said.
Tributes have also been paid to 26-year-old John Atkinson from Bury, who was named by friends on Facebook as an apparent victim.
Friends of Mr Atkinson set up a fund for his family, which received more than £1,000 in less than an hour after being established.
‘John was one in a million and loved by so many,’ wrote Hayley Turk, who organised the fund through website GoFundMe.
‘A true gentleman,’ she added.
The first victim of the Manchester bomb attack at the city’s arena was named by her college as Georgina Callander.
Runshaw College in Leyland, Lancashire, spoke of its ‘enormous sadness’ after hearing that the student died as a result of the blast at the Ariana Grande concert.
A spokesman said in a statement the young girl was on the second year of her health and social care course, and was a former student at Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy.
‘Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Georgina’s family, friends, and all of those affected by this loss,’ the college said.
‘We are offering all available support possible at this tragic time, including counselling with our dedicated student support team.’
Marcin and Anjelika Klis
A married couple who went to the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester have been confirmed to have died in the terror attack.
Angelika and Marcin Klis took a selfie together in the city centre shortly before going to the concert.
That picture was shared on Facebook by their daughter, Alix, 20, who appealed for information on their whereabouts.
Megan Hurley’s death sparked an outpouring of generosity.
A fund raised nearly £4,000 overnight, set up by Helen McDermott from Liverpool. She wrote: Weʼre raising £3,000 to help fund a beautiful send off for Megan who was taken far too early due to the awful attacks at Manchester Evening News Arena on 22/05/2017.
Martyn Hett is confirmed to have died in the Manchester Arena suicide bombing.
The 29-year-old PR manager from Stockport was at the Ariana Grande with his friend, Stuart Aspinall – but the two became separated towards the end of the show.
His death came two days before he was about to embark on a trip of a lifetime to the US.
Jane Tweddle-Taylor, 50, was at the arena to pick up her friend’s daughter, along with her friend.
She was a receptionist at South Shore Academy School, Blackpool.
Courteney Boyle and Philip
Pictured with friend Laura MacIntyre who was found in hospital with serious injuries
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