First Victim Named in Deadly Ariana Grande Concert Bombing
An 18-year-old girl named Georgina Callander is the first person to be named as one of the victims of the deadly bombing at Ariana Grande‘s Manchester concert that killed 22 people. A friend of the teen confirmed that she passed away in the hospital with her mother at her side.
Georgina was a student at Runshaw College in Leyland, where she was studying Health and Social Care. The school released a statement following the girl’s death that read:
“It is with enormous sadness that it appears that one of the people who lost their lives in Monday’s Manchester attack was one of our students here at Runshaw College. Georgina Callander was a former Bishop Rawstorne pupil studying with us on the second year of her Health and Social Care course. Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Georgina’s friends, family, and all of those affected by this loss. We are offering all available support possible at this tragic time, including counselling with our dedicated student support team.”
A day before her death, the teenager tweeted her excitement about attending the Dangerous Woman tour.
@ArianaGrande SO EXCITED TO SEE U TOMORROW
— gina today! (@emiliesatwell) May 21, 2017
Gina’s best friend Sophie paid tribute to the girl who was taken far too soon by tweeting, “To my beautiful best friend I hope you rest in peace my darling. I love you so much and will always miss you.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with this beautiful soul’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.
Sadly, fans have been injured at other concerts in the past, too: