Young Girls Identified As First Victims In Manchester Attack

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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An eight-year-old girl and 18-year-old female college student were identified as the first victims of Monday’s Manchester attack on an Ariana Grande concert.

Runshaw College announced in a statement Tuesday that student Georgina Callander had died in the attack. The second victim is eight-year-old Saffie-Rose Roussos.

Callander was a “second year of her Health and Social Care course,” her college said in a statement on her death. It continued, “our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Georgina’s family, friends, and all of those affected by this loss.”

Roussos’s death was similarly confirmed by her school headmaster who told UK media that she was “simply a bueatiful little girl in every aspect of the word.” He continued, “she was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly.”

Callander died in the hospital with her mother at her bedside, her close friend told the Evening Standard. Her friend continued, “we were all praying for her to be found safely. Then we were told she had passed away,” adding “she was always very open, would talk to everyone. She was so nice. It does not feel real. I just pray for her family.”

Roussos was the youngest victim of the attack who was reported missing after her mother and sister frantically searched for her at different hospitals.

Manchester Police believe Monday’s attacker was a suicide bomber. British Prime Minister Theresa May indicated the attacker’s identity is known to authorities, but will not be released at this time.

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