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Manchester attack: Victims remembered by loved ones

Tributes pour in for the 22 people killed in Monday's terror attack at Manchester Arena terror

The names of the 22 victims of the Manchester terror attack are emerging, with their ages ranging from eight to 47.

Health officials in Manchester say 20 people remain in critical condition in hospitals around the city.

Saffie Rose Roussos, eight

Roussos, from Preston, is the youngest known victim of the attack. She had attended the Ariana Grande concert with her sister and mother, both of whom are being treated in hospital for shrapnel injuries.

Chris Upton, headteacher at her Tarleton Community Primary school, 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. Saffie was quiet and unassuming with a creative flair."

Nell Jones, 14

The Cheshire teenager, who went to Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, attended the concert with her friend Freya Lewis, who is currently in hospital in a stable condition.

Headteacher Dennis Oliver told the Daily Express how upset the school was at the news. "I have just done six assemblies to tell the pupils," he said. "Children are all over the place crying. We are all devastated."

Teacher David Wheeler said: "Nell was a very popular girl, always smiling, always positive. Her tutor group have been together since the transition from primary school. It feels like they have lost a sister, not a classmate."

Eilidh MacLeod, 14

The teenager from the Scottish island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides was at the concert with a friend.

Her parents said in a statement: "Words cannot express how we feel at losing our darling Eilidh. 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."

Rev Dr Lindsay Schluter, minister for Barra, said: "Nobody has been unaffected by this tragedy."

Jane Tweddle-Taylor, 51

Mother-of-three Tweddle-Taylor was described as "a lovely lady and a very good mother to three daughters" by her partner Mark Taylor. The headteacher of the Blackpool school where she worked said she was "a well-loved member of staff" and a "truly wonderful friend and colleague to all of us".

She had been waiting outside the arena for a friend's children when the bomb went off. The children were understood not to have been injured.

Sorrell Leczkowski, 14

Leczkowski attended the concert with her mother and grandmother, both of whom survived, although her grandfather Michael Healey confirmed the older woman remained in intensive care.

He said: "My wife is currently in intensive care, and Samantha [his daughter] is recovering from surgery as she tries to make sense of the devastating loss of her daughter.

"Sorrell was only 14, but she was our rock, she kept us all grounded. She was such a clever, talented, creative girl. There was nothing she couldn’t do."

Michelle Kiss, 45

Kiss, of Lancashire, was described by her family as "a loving wife to Tony, mother to Dylan, Elliot and Millie, as well as daughter to Mick and Christine and sister to Nichola".

The mother of three was confirmed to have died in the attack by her niece. "It’s true thank you everyone for your help we are all heartbroken," she wrote on Facebook.

Kiss had posted a Facebook status before the concert saying: "Excited girlies ready to watch Ariana."

Her daughter Millie, who was not inured, was photographed outside the venue being comforted by a police officer in the aftermath of the explosion.

Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19

Families issued a joint statement about the couple from South Shields, describing them as "inseparable" and  "perfect in every way for each other".

The added: "They lived to go to new places together and explore different cities. They wanted to be together forever and now they are."

Curry's cousin, Bernard Wills, spoke of how much the two had relied on each other after the teenager's dad Andrew, 49, died of lymphoma. "Since Liam’s dad died of cancer a couple of months ago Chloe had been a rock for him," he said.

"That’s why they went to the concert, they’ve been trying to go to places and do things together more with everything that had gone on."

Georgina Callander, 18

Callander was a "bonafide fangirl whose social accounts were chock full of pictures of her at various fan conventions, speaking online to friends around the globe, and pictures she had taken herself of the numerous concerts she attended, including Little Mix, One Direction, and Fifth Harmony," says Metro.

The night before the concert, the health and social care student, who was studying at Runshaw College in Lancashire, had tweeted Grande saying: "SO EXCITED TO SEE U TOMORROW."

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

Martyn Hett, 29

Hett, from Manchester, worked in public relations and had a strong following on social media. He was particularly well-known for his love of soap opera Coronation Street.

A former winner of Come Dine With Me, Hett was due to embark on a two-month trip to the US two days after the concert.

His partner Russell Hayward said: "We got the news last night that our wonderful iconic and beautiful Martyn didn't survive. 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."

John Atkinson, 28

Atkinson, from Bury, was thought to have been leaving the concert when he was caught up in the blast.

A fundraising page set up to help the family with the funeral costs reads: "John tragically lost his life last night in the Manchester bomb attack. We are trying to help his family in any way possible at this tragic time," reports the Manchester Evening News.

"I know all us Radcliffe people can pull together and help this local family out. Please donate generously as we all know funeral cost are expensive and will help the family at this sad time! John was one one in a million and loved by so many!"

Kelly Brewster, 32

Brewster was at the concert with her sister Claire, 34, and 11-year-old niece Hollie and "heroically shielded" them from the blast.

Her uncle, Paul Dryhurst, told ITV News: "Kelly has shielded Hollie and Claire from the damage.

"The three were walking out in single file, with Claire in front, Hollie behind her, and Kelly behind her."

He added the force of the blast broke Claire's jaw and Hollie's legs.

"They are both currently in hospital having nuts and bolts removed from all places," he said.

Olivia Campbell, 15

Campbell's mother took to Facebook on Wednesday morning to announce her "darling precious gorgeous girl" had died. "Go sing with the angels and keep smiling mummy loves you so much," she wrote.

The Tottington High School student attended the concert with her friend Adam Lawler, who was treated in hospital.

"Like many lost in the aftermath of the blast, Olivia was the subject of a huge social media campaign to find her," says The Guardian.

Alison Howe, 45 and Lisa Lees, 47

The two mothers were waiting to collect their daughters in the foyer of the arena when the blast struck.

A relative of Howe wrote on Facebook: "They took a caring beautiful mum and stepmother away from us all she was amazing to us all x love you loads Alison Howe".

Lees's brother Lee Hunter confirmed her death, writing: "For those who don't know Lisa is gone but never, ever forgotten. I love you Lisa I'll miss you so much."

Angelika, 40 and Marcin Klis, 42

Poland's foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski identified the victims, who lived in York, as a couple who had been waiting for their daughters at the arena.

Their daughter had posted a photo of them taken before the concert on Facebook in a desperate search to find out what had happened. "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," she wrote.

Wendy Fawell, 50

Fawell, from West Yorkshire, and a friend had taken their children to concert when they were caught up in the carnage.

In the chaos following the blast, her Adam, 29, who was not at the event, embarked on a desperate search for his missing mother and sister Charlotte, 15.

The young girl was located in hospital, but there was no sign of Fawell.

Last night, a friend confirmed the former primary school teacher had been killed and paid tribute on Facebook to her "best friend".

Elaine McIver

McIver, a detective constable with Cheshire Police, was  "everyone's friend" and "thoughtful beyond belief", her family said in a statement.

"She would want us all to carry on regardless and not be frightened by fear tactics," they added.

McIver was at the concert with her husband, Paul, who remains in hospital after sustaining serious injuries in the blast, the London Evening Standard reports.

Megan Hurley, 15

Hurley attended the concert with her brother, Bradley, who remains in hospital following the attack. Her friends paid tribute to a "gentle, unassuming" girl who had a passion for music and a warm sense of humour, while on Thursday, pupils at her school, Halewood Academy in Liverpool, "could be seen standing in silence, paying their respects at a tribute of pink balloons at the entrance", says the Daily Telegraph.

Courtney Boyle, 19, and Philip Tron, 32

Courtney studied criminology with psychology at Leeds Beckett University and worked at a Greggs bakery in Newcastle. She died alongside her mother's partner Philip Tron, from Gateshead,

Friends on Facebook paid tribute to a "lovely girl" and "amazing friend".

In a statement, Boyle's mother Deborah Hutchinson said her daughter was her "rock".

"You made me so proud with all you had achieved and my gorgeous crazy Philip, you made my world a happy place and now you are both my angels flying high in the sky," she wrote.

Tron's mother described him as a "fun loving" soul who "would light up the darkest room", the BBC reports.


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