8-year-old girl confirmed as victim


Authorities have confirmed that an eight-year-old girl was one of the victims of the Monday terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.

Saffie Rose Roussos attended the concert with her older sister at the Manchester Arena. The girl had not been seen since the deadly attack which killed 22 and wounded more than 50. Saffie’s parents released a picture of her, hoping to locate the child who has since been identified as one of the fatalities of the bombing.

Chris Upton, headteacher at Tarleton Community Primary School where Saffie was a student, said: “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. The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking.

“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.

“Our focus is now on helping pupils and staff cope with this shocking news and we have called in specialist support from Lancashire County Council to help us do that. We are a tight-knit school and wider community and will give each other the support that we need at this difficult time.”

The first victim of the attack was identified Tuesday as 18-year-old Georgina Bethany Callander who was an Ariana Grande superfan who had her picture taken with the pop star two years ago.

The Associated Press reported that 12 children under the age of 16 were among those injured in the explosion.

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