8-Year-Old Among the Dead in Attack That's a Parent's Worst Nightmare

Saffie Rose Roussos

As the world continues to mourn the 22 killed and almost 60 injured in the horrifying Manchester bombing during an Ariana Grande concert on May 22, news outlets are now reporting the unthinkable: an 8-year-old named Saffie Rose Roussos lost her life during the attack that's truly every parent's worst nightmare.


Saffie is one of the victims identified in the ISIS-claimed Manchester attack that happened around 10:30 p.m. as concertgoers left the Ariana Grande event. Saffie was in attendance with her mother and sister, ABC News reports, and the 8-year-old was separated from her family during the bombing that, sadly, took her life.

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Chris Upton, headteacher at Tarleton Community Primary School in England, referred to Saffie in a statement as "a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word."

"She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly," Upton stated. "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."

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Georgina Callander, an 18-year-old Runshaw College student, was the first-named victim of the Manchester attack; she died in a hospital with her mother by her side.

Shelby Wharton remembers her friend Georgina, a noted fan of Ariana Grande's, as a "kind and loving" person who will be dearly missed by those fortunate enough to know her.

Georgina Callander with Ariana Grande
Georgina Callander with Ariana Grande in 2015

Sophie Jauregui, who has updated her Twitter profile to read "Gina you will always be with me," took to social media to honor her friend.

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Georgina Callander

Runshaw College also shared its condolences online.

Facebook post

Since the attack, Ariana Grande has issued a statement on Twitter offering her deepest apologies amid such tragic news.

Ariana Grande tweet

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As news continues to pour in about this senseless and inconceivable attack, we truly hope those involved and their loved ones -- including parents who are still searching for their children -- are able to find some peace during such a dark time.

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