Monday night’s horrific bombing at the Ariana Grande in Manchester has claimed at least 22 victims and injured 59 more. Now, the tragic details are starting to emerge about the identities of the victims, a list that tragically includes eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos.
Reports indicate that Saffie, a student at the Tarleton Community primary school in Preston, Lancashire, attended the concert with her mother, Lisa, and sister Ashlee Bromwich. She was one of Grande’s legion of elementary-school aged fans across the globe who was incredibly excited to see her favorite singer perform.
Saffie was “simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word,” her headteacher Chris Upton told The Guardian. “She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly. Saffie was quiet and unassuming with creative flair.”
“The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking,” he added.
Tragically, her short life was snuffed out in the blast – which was carried out by a suicide bomber in an attack masterminded by the terrorist group ISIS – that also left her mother and sister hospitalized with their injuries.
So far, only 18-year-old Georgina Callander has been confirmed as another victim of the blast. She was studying health and social care at Runshaw College in Lancashire and was a huge fan of Ariana Grande, going so far as to send the singer a Twitter message on Sunday reading: “SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU TOMORROW.”
In a statement, Runshaw College mourned her untimely passing: “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.”