Saffie-Rose Roussos, eight, is the youngest fan to have been confirmed dead
Saffie-Rose Roussos, eight, is the youngest fan to have been confirmed dead The Sun

Manchester attack: Mum 'doesn’t know her daughter has died'

THE mum of a tragic eight-year-old girl massacred in the Manchester terror attack apparently has no idea her daughter is dead as she is fighting for life in hospital.

Saffie Rose Roussos was the youngest of the 22 victims so far and was separated from her mum Lisa Roussos and elder sister Ashlee Bromwich in the carnage.

British-born Salman Abedi, 22, has been named as the monster who detonated a nail bomb as revellers left the gig.

It comes as desperate families shared appeals for information on social media as dozens remain missing.

Saffie Rose Roussos, 8

At just eight-years-old little Saffie Rose Roussos has become one of the youngest Brits ever killed in a terror attack.

Saffie, of Leyland, Lancs, was killed after becoming separated from her mum and sister during the attack.

A neighbour and family friend has revealed Lisa has no idea her daughter is dead as she is currently in a coma in hospital.

Neighbour Salman Patel told Mail Online: "Saffie's sadly passed away and her mother, we understand, isn't aware. I am praying for the family, it is totally heartbreaking."

The post office worker also revealed the tragic youngster's dad had no idea of the horror unfolding as he arrived at Manchester Arena to pick up his family.

He said: "He went to pick them up and arrived to find his wife in a critical condition, his elder daughter injured and his younger daughter lost.

"I thought he meant lost in the crowd but heartbreakingly he meant lost forever, as in the end.

"I am praying the mum pulls through and copes with the tragedy of finding out when she does about her daughter."

Chris Upton, headteacher at Tarleton Community Primary School near Preston, confirmed the tragic news and paid tribute to a "beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word".

Saffie's mum and sister are being treated for shrapnel wounds in separate hospitals.

A statement from Mr Upton said: "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.

"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.

"Our focus is now on helping pupils and staff cope with this shocking news and we have called in specialist support from Lancashire County Council to help us do that.

"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

Georgina Callander was the first victim named after she died following her favourite pop star's concert.

The youngster, who was known as Gina to pals, tragically tweeted Ariana Grande before the doomed gig, saying: "SO EXCITED TO SEE U TOMORROW."

A close friend told the Evening Standard she died in hospital, with her mother at her bedside for her last moments.

Georgina, who was photographed with Ariana Grande when they met almost two years ago, has been described as a girl who "lit up the room".

Friends have taken to social media to pay tribute to Georgina, with one writing: "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".

One friend wrote: "I am in shock that such an amazing night could end so horrendously, nobody should ever have to worry about not leaving a concert, of all things, safe."

She added: "My heart goes out to all those who lost friends and family last night. I love you so much Gina, you always lit up the room (and groupchat) and we are all so lucky to have ever had a friend like you."

Karen David, an actress who had met Georgina several weeks ago at a fan event, wrote a message saying: "It's not fair, it's not right.

"It makes me so angry and it breaks my heart that such a young and promising life has been stolen away!"

Around 1,000 people attended a vigil for Saffie Roussos and Georgina Callander in front of devastated friends and family in their home town of Tarleton, Lancashire.

Georgina's heartbroken mum Leslie wept as she clutched a blanket while she laid a single yellow flower on the tarmac in front of friends, family and villagers who had come to pay their own respects.

John Atkinson, 26

John Atkinson has been remembered as an "amazing" man by grieving friends.

Tributes to John have flooded in as authorities vow to find answers - even revealing they believe they already know who was behind the attack that saw more than 50 injured.

One friend wrote: "Truly devastated for them all. What an amazing lovely man he was and blessed to have known him.xxx"

One friend wrote: "You may of broke our heart but you're never break our spirit r.i.p. Manchester and my heart goes out to John and the Atkinson Family & friends".

Another wrote: "Rip John Atkinson. Thoughts and prayers to your family. What a mad, sad world".

But friends of the Radcliffe man, who is understood to live in Manchester, said they were determined that the death of the "top chap" would not bow to those who had organised the devastating attack.

The family is now raising money for the young man, saying the "one in a million" man deserved a proper send off.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.

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