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article imageManchester terror attack: The victims

By AFP     May 24, 2017 in World

Twenty-two people were killed in Monday's suicide attack on a Manchester pop concert, including an eight-year-old girl, most of them teenagers keen to see their idol Ariana Grande and parents who had come to collect their children.

Witnesses described seeing maimed bodies and blood on the floor, which was littered with nuts and bolts packed into the bomb that detonated in a covered area just outside one of the exits from the Manchester Arena.

Police have established the identity of all of those killed at pop star Grande's concert but have not named any so far. Almost all have, however, now been named by their loved ones, schools and employers.

- 'Creative flair' -

Eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos from Leyland in Lancashire, northwest England, is the youngest victim.

She attended the concert with her mother and older sister. Friends said they were both being treated in hospital.

Chris Upton, headteacher at the Tarleton Community Primary School, said her death was a "tremendous shock".

"She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly. Saffie was quiet and unassuming with a creative flair," he said.

- 'Icon of our lives' -

Public relations manager Martyn Hett, 29, from Stockport near Manchester, had appeared on television shows like "Come Dine With Me" and "Tattoo Fixers".

His brother Dan confirmed his death on Twitter saying: "We are heartbroken".

"Martyn was the icon of all our lives. His infectious laugh and his niche sense of humour will stay with us forever."

Russell Hayward, reported by British media to be Hett's boyfriend, said: "Our wonderful, iconic and beautiful Martyn didn't survive.

"He left this world exactly how he lived: centre of attention."

- 'Their wings were ready' -

Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, from South Shields in northeast England, were inseparable, their grieving families said.

"They lived to go to new places together and explore different cities. They wanted to be together forever and now they are," they said in a statement.

"They were perfect in every way for each other and were meant to be".

On the night they died "their wings were ready but our hearts were not," they said.

- 'Please stay together' -

Olivia Campbell, 15, had been enjoying the concert with her friend Adam. He survived and was being treated in hospital.

"Please stay together, don't let this beat any of us, please. Don't let my daughter be a victim," her mother Charlotte said at a vigil in Bury, a town near Manchester.

"This is such a hard time for us, I had to come, I didn't know what to do, I don't know where to be, I don't know what to do," she said.

Charlotte Campbell had issued desperate pleas through the media to find her daughter while she was still reported missing.

The other named victims include teenagers Georgina Callander, 18; Eilidh MacLeod, 14; Nell Jones, 14; Sorrell Leczkowski, 14

The adults named so far are: Michelle Kiss; Alison Howe, 45; Lisa Lees, 47; Angelika and Marcin Klis; John Atkinson, 26; Kelly Brewster and Jane Tweddle-Taylor, 51

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