Georgina Callander, an 18-year-old student at Runshaw College, eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos, and 26-year-old John Atkinson from Bury are the first victims to be identified.
According to the Evening Standard, friends of Georgina’s revealed the teen died in the hospital with her mother by her side after being one of the first to be rushed in.
In a heartbreaking tweet, the 18-year-old had mentioned how excited she was to attend the concert:
Georgina’s school has since released a statement on her tragic passing, sharing:
“Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Georgina’s family, friends, and all of those affected by this loss. We are offering all available support possible at this tragic time, including counselling with our dedicated student support team.”
The youngest of the three victims to be identified so far, Saffie, is said to have been separated from her mother and older sister, who were also attending Ariana’s concert. While her family members are said to still be in the hospital, the eight-year-old sadly succumbed to her injuries.
Chris Upton, headteacher at her Tarleton Community Primary School, shared a statement with The Guardian:
“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. The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking.”
While details are still coming out, the Greater Manchester Police confirmed the death of the third victim: John Atkinson. He was described as a “beautiful soul” with many of his friends paying tribute to him on social media.
Our hearts and prayers continue to go out to the victims’ families and all those affected.
We’ll continue to update you with any new developments.
[Image via Georgina.Bethany/Instagram.]