Ariana Grande Pays Tribute To Youngest Manchester Bombing Victim

Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter
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Ariana Grande took time Wednesday night during her Dangerous Woman world tour to recognize what would have been the ninth birthday of the youngest victim of the Manchester bombing.

“What’s newwwww, Buenos Aires Argentina, I love you  Saffie, we’re [thinking] of you baby,” the 24-year-old pop singer captioned the post she shared on Instagram. The message included an emoji birthday cake and message for Saffie Rose Rousssos, who was killed in the bombing outside Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena in England on May 22. (RELATED: Ariana Grande Heading Back To Manchester This Weekend For Huge Benefit Concert)

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In an interview Tuesday, Roussos’ father spoke out for the first time, describing his daughter as a “huge character.”

“She was a huge character… She was just everything you could wish for in a little girl.,” Andrew Roussos told the BBC. “She loved dancing, music, gymnastics. If she wanted something, she would do it. [She loved] fame, stardom. I knew that Saffie would love her pictures to be on, and to be spoken about on TV.”

Grande’s tour was temporarily put on hold after a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured dozens of others. The singer returned to the country in June for the One Love Manchester benefit concert for the victims of the bombing. Several big-name performers took the stage with her, including Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Usher and Coldplay.

According to the British Red Cross more than $12 million was raised for the victims and the families.