The family of an eight-year-old girl missing since last night’s devastating terror attack in Manchester have been told the devastating news that she is dead.
Saffie Rose Roussos went to the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena with her older sister Ashlee Bromwich. It is understood they were being treated in hospital.
Saffie’s worried family released a photo on Twitter this morning to trace her.
Chris Upton, the headteacher at Tarleton Community Primary school, where the eight-year-old was a pupil, 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.”
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.”
The tight-knit school would be helping staff and pupils to cope with the shocking news, he said.
The first victim of the attack was named as Georgina Bethany Callander.
The 18-year-old Ariana Grande superfan, who was pictured with the pop star two year ago, is believed to have been killed in a blast police have confirmed was detonated by a lone suicide bomber.
Actor Sean Maguire took to Twitter to pay his respects to the “young and sweet” teenager who reportedly died in hospital with her mum at her bedside.
“Just met this girl in April,” he said. “She was killed last night in Manchester. My love to her and all the families of the victims.”
Georgina was one of at least 22 people killed in the blast last night.