Manchester Arena bombing: Loved ones offer emotional tributes to all 22 victims who died in attack

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Mother of Manchester bombing victim pleads for unity – May 25, 2017

Heartbreaking tributes continue to pour in for the victims of the suicide attack at a concert for U.S. pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester as all 22 people killed have now been identified.

They include at least eight teenagers, an eight-year-old girl, several parents and an off-duty police officer.

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At least 22 people were killed and more than 60 injured in Monday night’s attack after a suicide bomber, identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, blew himself up as young concert-goers left Manchester Arena.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May called the tragedy “a callous terrorist attack.”

“All acts of terrorism are cowardly attacks on innocent people, but this attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenceless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives,” May said outside No. 10 Downing Street Tuesday.


Manchester police have made several arrests after raids and searches were conducted across the city and those arrested include bomber Salman Abedi’s brother. Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the eight suspects detained so far were “significant” arrests, without offering further information.

David Ratcliffe, the medical director of North West ambulance service, told reporters Tuesday there were 12 children under the age of 16 who were among injured taken to hospital after the terror attack.

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Here is a look at the victims who were killed in the tragic events in Manchester.

Eilidh MacLeod, 14

Eilidh MacLeod, from Scotland, remembered by her family as a “vivacious” teenager who loved music. (Greater Manchester Police/Twitter).

Eilidh MacLeod, from Barra Island in the Hebrides, attended the concert with her friend Laura MacIntyre, 15, as a birthday present for Eilidh. It was the teens’ first concert.

They travelled with Eilidh’s mother, Marion, who was at a hotel waiting to hear from them after the concert ended.

READ MORE: British investigators reportedly no longer sharing Manchester bombing intel with U.S.

“Words cannot express how we feel at losing our darling Eilidh,” the family said in a statement. “Eilidh was vivacious and full of fun. She loved all music whether it was listening to Ariana or playing the bagpipes with her pipe band.”

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MacIntyre was injured but survived the bombing.

Courtney Boyle, 19, and Philip Tron, 32

Courtney Boyle and her stepfather Philip Tron.
Courtney Boyle and her stepfather Philip Tron. (Greater Manchester Police/Twitter)

Courtney Boyle went to the concert with her stepfather Philip Tron, described by his family as a man with an infectious laugh, when both were killed in the bombing.

“My Courtney was an adventurer, a precious and joyous soul,” the girl’s boyfriend said in a statement calling her his “soulmate.”

Her father said: “I am going to miss my baby girl Courtney Boyle for the rest of my life. I will never forget you and I will love you forever.”

“Grandad Bob misses you loads also.”

Elaine McIver

Elaine McIver, a police officer who was off-duty, was killed Monday. (Chesire Police/Facebook)
Elaine McIver, a police officer who was off-duty, was killed Monday. (Chesire Police/Facebook).

Elaine McIver has been named as the off-duty police officer who was killed attending the concert with her partner, Paul, who was wounded in the deadly explosion.

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“She was everyone’s friend, thoughtful beyond belief with an effervescent and outgoing personality… the best we could ever have wished for,” her family said in a statement on Thursday.

“Despite what has happened to her, she would want us all to carry on regardless and not be frightened by fear tactics, instead she regularly urged us all to rise up against it.”

The BBC reports their two children were also wounded in the attack.

Wendy Fawell

Wendy Fawell, 50, who worked as an elementary school teacher in West Yorkshire has been named as one of the victims in Monday’s attack

“We’re all devastated. Mum was a wonderful woman. She’ll be sadly missed,” Adam Fawell, her son, said in a statement to the BBC. “I would like to add how much it means to us what everybody at home and in Manchester have done to support us at this time.”

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Fawell attended the concert with her friend, Caroline, and their children. Caroline and Fawell’s daughter Charlotte, 15, were both seriously injured and taken to hospital.

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Sorrell Leczkowski

Sorrel Leczkowski, 14, from Leeds has been confirmed as a victim in the attack. (Sorrell Leczkowski/Facebook). (Facebook)

Sorrell Leczkowski, a 14-year-old girl from Leeds, has been named as a victim of the bombing, the BBC reports.

Leczkowski her mother and grandmother were not at the Grande concert but had gone to pick up her sister who was not injured, according to reports.

Michelle Kiss

Michelle Kiss was a mother of three. (@gmpolice/Twitter).

Michelle Kiss, 45, a mother of three from Lancashire, has been named as a victim in Monday’s terror attack.

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“Michelle Kiss was a loving wife to Tony, mother to Dylan, Elliot and Millie, as well as daughter to Mick and Christine and sister to Nichola,” said a family statement issued by Greater Manchester police. “She tragically died during the horrible event that occurred on Monday night.

Alison Howe and Lisa Lees

Alison Howe, left, and Lisa Lees, right were waiting at Manchester Arena to pick up their daughters.
Alison Howe, left, and Lisa Lees, right were waiting at Manchester Arena to pick up their daughters. (Sacha Howe/Facebook)

Friends Alison Howe, 45, and Lisa Lees, 47, were killed while waiting in the foyer to pick up their 15-year-old daughters, the Guardian reports.

The girls survived and are believed to be safe.

“They took a caring beautiful mum and step mother away from us all she was amazing to us all,” Jordan Howe, Howe’s stepson, wrote on Facebook.

Jane Tweddle-Taylor

Jane Tweddle, a school receptionist and mother of three. (@MCImay2017/Facebook).

Jane Tweddle-Taylor, a receptionist at South Shore Academy School in Blackpool, had gone to the Manchester Arena with a friend to pick up the friend’s daughter and was killed in the bombing.

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South Shore Academy School said in a statement to the BBC Tweddle-Taylor was “bubbly, kind, welcoming, funny, generous.”

She was described as a “well-loved member of staff” and “wonderful friend and colleague.”

Nell Jones

Nell Jones, 14, from Cheshire, died in the attack. (Nell Jones/Facebook)

Fourteen-year-old Nell Jones was described by a teacher as “a very popular girl, always smiling, always positive.”

Jones, who attended school in the village of Holmes Chapel, south of Manchester, was confirmed to have died at the scene of the bombing by her school and police.

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Family and friends of the teen had posted appeals on social media saying she was missing following the Grande concert.

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“It has now been announced in the school that Nell has unfortunately died. I have just done six assemblies to tell the pupils,” Dennis Oliver, headteacher of Holmes Chapel comprehensive school, told the Daily Express. “Children are all over the place crying. We are all devastated. The heart wrenches for me and everyone else.”

Martyn Hett

Martyn Hett was confirmed to be among the victims by family and the PR company where he worked. (Dan Hett/Twitter)

A Manchester public relations company has paid tribute to Martyn Hett, its digital manager and a man who it said “loved life and celebrated it every day.”

Hett, reported to be 29, had appeared on the reality TV shows Tattoo Fixers and Come Dine With Me. Rumpus PR, where Hett worked, said on its website that he packed life “to the brim with his passions.”

Hett’s brother, Dan, tweeted:

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“We got the news last night that our wonderful iconic and beautiful Martyn didn’t survive,” Russell Hayward, believed to be Hett’s partner, said in a statement. “He left this world exactly how he lived, centre of attention. I’m in a really bad way so please forgive if I don’t reply. Thankfully I have his wonderful family and amazing friends to keep each other strong. I love you Martyn. I always will X.”

Kelly Brewster

Kelly Brewster was killed in the attack. (@KellyB1909/Twitter)
Kelly Brewster was killed in the attack. (@KellyB1909/Twitter).

Kelly Brewster, a 32-year-old woman from Sheffield, was confirmed to be among the victims and died reportedly shielding her young niece.

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Her partner, Ian Winslow, wrote on Facebook that she had “passed away in the terror attack.”

“Kelly really was the happiest she has ever been and we had so many things planned together,” Winslow wrote. “My daughter Phoebe will be absolutely devastated like we all are.”

Marcin and Angelika Klis

Marcin and Angelika Klis in an undated picture. (

Poland’s foreign minister confirmed Wednesday that a Polish couple who had come to collect their daughters from the concert in Manchester are among the dead,

Witold Waszczykowski said the daughters — one a minor, one an adult— were unharmed.

He did not give the couple’s names but the daughter of Marcin and Angelika Klis has been publicly searching for her parents since the explosion.

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A Facebook page “Remembering Marcin Klis” says he lived in the northern English city of York, worked for the York cars Taxi Service and came from the Polish town of Darlowo on the Baltic Sea.

Georgina Callander, 18

Georgina Callander pictured with Ariana Grande in an image taken from Instagram in 2015.(georgina.bethany/Instagram). (georgina.bethany/Instagram)

Georgina Callander, 18, was among the young concert-goers killed in the blast.

Runshaw College, where Callander was a student, released a statement on social media saying: “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.”

“Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Georgina’s friends, family, and all of those affected by this loss.”

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The college said Callander had attended high school at Bishop Rawstorne in Lancashire, England,  and was in her second year of studying health and social care. The college said it was offering counselling with a dedicated student support team to people close to the teenager.

Callander and Grande met two years ago a backstage at another concert. The fan posted a picture on her Instagram account in 2015 of the two with her arms wrapped around the singer.

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Social media accounts linked to Callander show a young woman who was a fan of pop bands like Fifth Harmony and One Direction and named “Beauty and the Beast” and “Captain America” as her favourite films.

Her Instagram account showed she was socially conscious and had supported the Women’s March on London in January.

British YouTube star Joe Sugg posted a photo of him and Callander on Twitter with the caption: “So sad to hear about this. RIP Gina.”

In a tweet following the tragedy, Grande said she was “heartbroken” and “so, so sorry.”

Saffie Rose Roussos, 8

An undated photo obtained by the Press Association on Tuesday May 23, 2017, of Saffie Rose Roussos, one of the victims of a attack at Manchester Arena. (PA via AP)

Eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos was named as a victim in the attack and was attending the concert with her mother, Lisa Roussos, and sister Ashlee Bromwich, according to reports.

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“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,” Chris Upton, the headteacher at Tarleton Community Primary School where Saffie attended, said in a statement.

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“The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking,” he said. “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.”

Lisa Roussos and Ashlee Bromwich are being treated in hospital, according to the Guardian.

John Atkinson, 26

John Atkinson, 26, from the Greater Manchester Area paid tribute to him on Facebook. (John Atkinson/Facebook)

John Atkinson, 26, from the Greater Manchester area has been named as the third victim in the attack.

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Messages posted to social media remembering Atkinson as an “amazing young man” and “beautiful soul.”

“Just heard one of my good friends whom I’ve known since he was a little boy passed away last night,” said Nana Julie Mills in a Facebook post. “Condolences to his family and friends. R.I.P John Atkinson.”

“Heartbroken for the Atkinson family at this sad time never would I imagine this happening so close to home,” wrote another friend Taliè Andrèa. “Rest in paradise John you beautiful soul.”

Local media report Atkinson was from Bury, a town in Greater Manchester.

Olivia Campbell, 15

Olivia Campbell was confirmed dead on Tuesday after she was reported missing following the blast at the Ariana Grande concert.

“Go sing with the angels and keep smiling mummy loves you so much,” her mother wrote in a Facebook post.

Megan Hurley, 15

Megan Hurley was killed after attending the concert with her brother, who was seriously injured, according to the Daily Express.

A crowdfunding page has raised more than CAD $10,000 for their family.

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“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,” Helen McDermott wrote.

Liam Curry, 19, and Chloe Rutherford, 17

Teenage sweethearts Liam Curry, 19, and Chloe Rutherford, 17, were among the victims in the Manchester terror attack on May 23, 2017.
Teenage sweethearts Liam Curry, 19, and Chloe Rutherford, 17, were among the victims in the Manchester terror attack on May 23, 2017. (Greater Manchester Police/Twitter)

Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford from South Shields, were also among the victims.

Their families confirmed the news on Wednesday night in a statement through police.

The teenage sweethearts had been together for about a year.

“They were beautiful inside and out to ourselves and our families, and they were inseparable,” the statement reads.

“They lived to go to new places together and explore different cities. They wanted to be together forever and now they are.”

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Liam’s father passed away earlier this year from cancer. His cousin Bernard Wills told the Daily Mail that Chloe had been “his rock” throughout the tough times.

*With files from the Associated Press

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