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The first two victims of the Manchester Arena suicide bombing have been named – including an eight-year-old girl.
Primary school student, Saffie Rose Roussos, from the small English town of Leyland, Lancashire, was confirmed as a victim of the attack.
It followed reports she had been missing.
The news has come as a tremendous shock to her school community, said Chris Upton, headteacher at Tarleton Community Primary School
“The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking,” Mr Upton 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.”
Meanwhile tributes are flowing for teenager Georgina Callander who has also been named among the 22 victims of the bombing at a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande.
The 18-year-old, who was known to her friends as Gina, was a devoted fan of the US pop star, having met her in June 2015.
On Instagram, Georgina posted a photo of their meeting with the caption: “She was so cute and lovely. I hugged her so tight and she said she loved my bow. I can’t get over this, I never will.”
The teenager, from Whittle-le-Woods in Lancashire, was a student at Runshaw College in Leyland.
In a statement posted on Facebook, the college expressed its “enormous sadness” at the news of her death.
“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,” the statement says.
“Georgina Callander was a former Bishop Rawstorne pupil studying with us on the second year of her health and social care course.
“Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Georgina’s friends, family, 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.”
Meanwhile, friends posted tributes to the teenager on Twitter, saying she was a “beautiful girl with the kindest heart and soul”.
One friend wrote: “I love you so incredibly much, you deserved the world & more. I’m so lucky to have met you and known you.” Rest in peace Gina. I love you so incredibly much, you deserved the world & more. I’m so lucky to have met you and known you #manchesterpic.twitter南京夜网/sPrHq9I6M0??? liana (@lianasarfati) May 23, 2017Rest in peace G one of the sweetest people I knew, without you there’s so many things I wouldn’t have done – we will all miss you sm pic.twitter南京夜网/JoYoSoS2p2??? lu // rip gina (@marvelousatwell) May 23, 2017I can’t believe this, Gina was the kindest person and she had so much ahead of her. Rest in peace G, the Crazy Dotties love you so much xx??? Sal (@elIenpge) May 23, 2017For Georgina… https://t.co/92Q7cK5jpp [email protected]南京夜网/HmxBSvsZzd??? KarenDavid (@KarenDavid) May 23, 2017No words…we just met at #SBUK3 recently. This is beyond upsetting. Dearest, Georgina…RIP kind & beautiful lady. https://t.co/ubhJYD0zZE??? KarenDavid (@KarenDavid) May 23, 2017Just met this girl in April.She was so young & sweet.She was killed last night Manchester.My love to her and all the families of the victims https://t.co/RBThDZ6do7??? Sean Maguire (@sean_m_maguire) May 23, 2017This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.