‘Go sing with the angels’: families and friends pay tribute to Manchester victims


Olivia Campbell, a 15-year-old schoolgirl, and Kelly Brewster, 32, an office worker, are among the five victims identified so far

Olivia Campbell, a 15-year-old from Bury, and Kelly Brewster, a 32-year-old office worker from Sheffield, were named overnight as victims of the Manchester Arena bombing. Alison Howe and Lisa Lees, two friends who were waiting at the venue to pick up their daughters, were also named as among the dead on Wednesday morning.

Seven of the 22 fatalities have been identified so far, and they also include an eight-year-old girl, one 18-year-old student and a 28-year-old man.

Families and friends of victims killed in the blast, the worst terrorist attack in Britain since the 7/7 attacks in 2005, have paid tribute to their lives.

Olivia Campbell, 15

Olivia Campbell, aged 15. Photograph: Twitter

Olivias mother, Charlotte Campbell, announced on Facebook in the early hours of Wednesday morning that her darling precious gorgeous girl had died.

Go sing with the angels and keep smiling mummy loves you so much, she added.

Olivia, who attended Tottington high school in Bury, was with her friend Adam Lawler, who was found in hospital.

Like many lost in the aftermath of the blast, Campbell was the subject of a huge social media campaign to find her. Her mother told BBC Radio 4 yesterday about her desperate attempts to make contact with her daughter:

Im at home phoning everybody: hospitals, police, the centres that the children have been put in. Her dads in Manchester looking for her. Ive got friends looking for her. Ive got people I dont even know looking for her, people messaging me, saying weve got her photo, looking for her, well get in contact if we see her. And Im just hearing nothing. Her phones dead, she said.

Theyve basically told me to stay put and wait for a phone call. I darent leave the house just in case she somehow gets home.

Kelly Brewster, 32

Kelly Brewster, aged 32. Photograph: Payton Williams/Facebook

Kelly Brewster, a 32-year-old office worker from Sheffield, was killed in the explosion, her boyfriend said.

Brewster had attended the Ariana Grande concert with her sister Claire and niece, Hollie Booth. They were both injured in the attack and are being treated in hospital.

Her boyfriend, Ian Winslow, announced the news on Facebook:

Not sure how this works but it isnt good news. Kelly Brewster wasnt one of the unidentified hospital patients. She has sadly passed away in the terror attack yesterday, he said.

Kelly really was the happiest she has ever been and we had so many things planned together. My daughter Phoebe will be absolutely devastated like we all are.

Brewster had put a deposit on a house with Winslow just the day before the attack, the Daily Mail reported

Ians father, John, told the paper that Kelly was a lovely lass. When I think of her now, all I remember is her smile.

She used to come round to our house all the time, for Christmas and everything. Ians seven-year-old daughter absolutely idolised her. Kelly really took her under her wing, she was like a big sister. They went for holidays in London together.

He added: They were both looking forward to a bright future and sharing their lives together.

Her uncle, Paul Dryhurst, earlier described how she had been caught up in the blast:

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 said.

When the bomb has gone off the impact has broken Claires jaw and broken Hollies legs. They are both currently in hospital having nuts and bolts removed from all places.

Saffie Rose Roussos, 8

Saffie Rose Roussos, aged 8. Photograph: Adam J. Brown/Facebook

The youngest known fatality so far was Saffie Rose Roussos, who lived near Preston.

A pupil at Tarleton community primary school in Lancashire, Rose Roussos was with her mother Lisa and sister Ashlee Bromwich to watch Grande, who counts children from primary age and secondary school through to adults as fans.

It is understood Rose Roussoss mother and sister were still being treated in hospital.

Chris Upton, her headteacher, said she was simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word. A statement said: She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly. Saffie was quiet and unassuming with a creative flair.

The news of her death had come as a tremendous shock, he added. The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking.

He said the school had brought in support from Lancashire county council to help students and staff cope with the shock. We are a tight-knit school and wider community and will give each other the support that we need at this difficult time.

Georgina Callander, 18

Callander, who was studying health and social care at Runshaw college in Leyland, Lancashire, sent a Twitter message to Grande on Sunday, saying: SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU TOMORROW.

She had previously posted a photograph of herself with the singer taken in 2015 on her Instagram account.

Georgina Callander with Ariana Grande on the gofundme page set up for her.
Photograph: gofundme/PA

Friends paid tribute to the young woman on social media. One friend wrote: Rest in peace one of the most kind and beautiful people Ive ever had the pleasure of calling a friend. Others described Georgina as a ray of sunshine. Another tweeted: A beautiful girl with the kindest heart & soul, Ill miss you forever, may you rest in a better place than here. I love you.

Runshaw college said: It is with enormous sadness that it appears that one of the people who lost their lives in Mondays Manchester attack was one of our students … Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Georginas friends, family, and all of those affected by this loss.

The college said it was offering counselling to people close to the teenager.

John Atkinson, 28

Friends of Atkinson, from Radcliffe, said he had died in the attack, according to the the Manchester Evening News. A fundraising page set up to help his family had raised more than 4,000.

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!! A true gentleman. R.I.P John thoughts and prayers with you family and all of the other victims effected [sic] by this tragedy, a message on the page read.

John Atkinson, aged 28. Photograph: Facebook

Nana Julie Mills said on Facebook: Just heard one of my good friends whom Ive known since he was a little boy passed away last night. Condolences to his family and friends. RIP John Atkinson.

Throughout the night, the relatives of at least 15 missing teenagers and adults, aged between 14 and 44, continued increasingly desperate searches for their missing loved ones.

A least 59 people were hospitalised in the attack, several with life-threatening injuries.

Alison Howe

Alison Howe. Photograph: Sash Howe/Facebook

In her 40s and from Royton, Greater Manchester, Howe had gone to arena with her friend Lisa Lees to pick up their daughters from the concert. They had been reported missing on Tuesday by their families but on Wednesday morning they were confirmed as having been killed in the blast.

A family member wrote on Facebook late on Tuesday: They took a caring beautiful mum and step mother away from us all she was amazing to us all x love you loads Alison Howexx

Lisa Lees

Lisa Lees. Photograph: Sash Howe/Facebook

Lisa Lees was confirmed dead on Wednesday. Lee Hunter, her brother, wrote on Facebook: For those who dont know, Lisa is gone but never, ever forgotten. I love you Lisa. Ill miss you so much.

An emergency number is available for those concerned about loved ones or anyone who may have been in the area. The National Casualty Bureau number to call is 0800 096 0095

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/24/go-sing-with-the-angels-families-and-friends-pay-tribute-to-manchester-victims

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