LONDON — An 8-year-old was among the first known victims of the bombing attack in Manchester, England.
The girl, Saffie Rose Roussos, from Lancashire in northwest England, was attending an Ariane Grande concert there with her mother, the Lancashire County Council confirmed on Tuesday.
Chris Upton, the principal of Tarleton Community Primary School, which Saffie attended, said she was a “beautiful little girl,” who was “quiet and unassuming, with a creative flair.” He said that news of her death had been a “tremendous shock.”
“I would like to send our deepest condolences to all of her family and friends,” he added. “The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking.”
Earlier, Georgina Bethany Callander, an 18-year-old health and social care student with a big smile and a love of pop music, became the first victim of the Manchester attack to be publicly identified, after a night of frantic searching for missing relatives.
Ms. Callander’s Instagram account showed a young and joyful woman who appeared to adore animals and Disney films. She had also posted a photograph of her driver’s license, which she received in December 2016. News reports said she had died with her mother at her bedside. Old photographs on social media showed her posing wearing glasses and braces.
She was a student at Runshaw College in Lancashire, where administrators expressed their “enormous sadness” and said they would offer counseling to students. “Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Georgina’s friends, family, and all of those affected by this loss,” they wrote in a statement on Facebook.
Ms. Callander was a fan of the British bands Fifth Harmony and One Direction. On her Instagram account, she named “Beauty and the Beast” and “Captain America” as her favorite films, and “Wicked,” which she saw in London in September 2015, as her favorite musical.
Her social media accounts show a young and idealistic woman who was socially conscious. She had expressed her distaste for a dog meat festival in Yulin, China, and lent her support for the Women’s March on London in January.
Born on April 1, 1999, Ms. Callender was fond of using the internet to make friends and had posted numerous photographs with people she met online, writing, “The internet is an amazing place.”
Saffie and Ms. Callender’s stories were only the first in what is likely to be a stream of heartbreaking tales in the coming days, involving as they will so many young people in the optimistic bloom of life.
The bombing, which the police said had killed 22 people and wounded at least 59, took place at the end of the concert Monday night in Manchester Arena, which has a capacity of 18,000 for such events. Ms. Grande’s concerts attract legions of young female fans with their parents in tow, and the targeting of an arena hosting thousands of children and teenagers gave the attack, which threw some of those present about 30 feet from where they had been standing, a particularly terrifying edge.
On Saturday, Ms. Callander had written on Twitter that she was “so excited” to see Ms. Grande, with whom she had posed for a photograph at a concert two years ago.
Her friends took to social media to express their grief. “To my beautiful best friend I hope you rest in peace my darling,” one wrote on Twitter. “ I love you so much and will always miss you.”
Andy Burnham, the mayor of Manchester, said that the targeting of innocent youth had filled everyone with disgust. “We all feel a sense of abhorrence,” he said, describing the attack as “the most appalling evil” he could imagine.
As the authorities scrambled to identify the dead and as relatives scoured local hospitals for their loved ones, one mother clasped a framed photograph of her young daughter and made a tearful appeal on BBC television for any information about her, saying she was worried sick. Dozens of others posted photographs of the missing on social media, asking for information about relatives and friends.
Blood-donor centers in Manchester said there had been a surge in volunteers. A vigil for the victims was planned in front of Manchester Town Hall for Tuesday evening.
Prime Minister Theresa May appealed to the public to contact the Manchester police if they had any information about the attack, noting that relatives and friends of the victims and the missing were experiencing unimaginable pain. She said the attack stood out for its cowardice.
Ms. Grande, for her part, expressed her sorrow on Twitter. “Broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words,” she wrote.
Ms. Callender was a fan of the fairy-tale-themed American television series “Once Upon a Time,” and in April she met actors from the series, several of whom expressed their condolences.
“This is beyond upsetting. Dearest, Georgina…RIP kind & beautiful lady,” Karen David, one of the actresses on the series, wrote on Twitter.
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