Eight-year-old girl among victims of Manchester bombing

An eight-year-old girl has been confirmed dead after a suspected suicide attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Saffie Rose Roussos was leaving the show Monday night with her mother and sister when an explosion went off, killing at least 22 people and injuring 59.

Pop star Ariana Grande has many young female fans, and a lot of the roughly 20,000 concertgoers at Manchester Arena were children or teenagers.

Saffie Rose Roussos


This undated photo obtained by the Press Association on Tuesday May 23, 2017 shows Saffie Rose Roussos, one of the victims of a attack at Manchester Arena.


"Saffie was simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word," said Chris Upton, the head teacher at Saffie's school. "She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly.

Her death was a "tremendous shock," he continued. "The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking."

Saffie's mother, Lisa Roussos, and her sister, Ashlee Bromwhich, survived and were being treated for their wounds in separate hospitals.   

Georgina Callander


Georgina Callander is shown in this undated photo. She was the first confirmed victim of the attack in Manchester.


The first victim to be named in the aftermath of the Manchester attack was 18-year-old Georgina Callander. A statement from her school, Runshaw College, said, "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."

Georgina, who was studying Health and Social Care, had posted on social media about how much she was looking forward to seeing Ariana Grande perform. On Sunday, she tweeted the singer, saying, "SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU TOMORROW."

Appeals for help locating those who remained missing Tuesday were made by their friends and family, with many taking to social media to try to locate their loved ones.

Alex Klis, a student at the University of York, posted on Facebook, "Anyone who is in any safe place or hospital in Manchester, if anyone comes across my parents please please let me know as they've been missing ever since the attack, this is a picture taken tonight so this is exactly what they were wearing."

Concerned relatives asked for help locating Courtney Boyle and boyfriend Philip Tron, who had not been heard from since Monday evening. Courtney's mother, Deborah Hutchinson, said on Facebook, "My daughter Courtney Boyle and partner Philip Tron have gone missing tonight in an attack at Manchester tonight please share and help find them I need them home safe xX."

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The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for Monday night's suicide bombing in a generic statement posted online. CBS News confirmed Tuesday that the man who blew himself up outside the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England was 23-year-old Salman Abedi, who was known to British authorities prior to the attack. 

This is a rolling story and will be updated.

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