The ‘One Love Manchester’ Artists Stand with London After Bridge Attack
Our prayers are with the people of England, now more than ever. Less than two weeks after a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured 59 others after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, terrorists attacked the country again; this time, in London.
On Saturday, June 3, seven people were killed when a van drove into a crowd of people near London Bridge. Soon after, that same van drove to Borough Market, where three men reportedly exited the vehicle and went on a stabbing spree before the criminals were shot and killed by law enforcement officials. It’s being reported that nearly 50 people were taken to the hospital for injuries, some life-threatening, related to the heinous crimes.
So far, 12 people were arrested in Barking, east London, in connection to the incidents.
The June 3 crimes occurred one day before One Love Manchester, the benefit concert hosted by Ariana Grande in honor of the victims of the May 22 bombing; all proceeds will go toward the support of the families of those victims. Despite the latest terror, the concert is currently taking place, with the “One Last Time” singer at the helm:
Praying for London ♡
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) June 4, 2017
Besides Ari herself, a few of her fellow #OneLoveManchester artists, like Niall Horan and will.i.am, also sent out their messages of support for London:
thoughts are with the people of London today after yet another horrific attack .
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) June 4, 2017
— will.i.am.BUTTONS (@iamwill) June 4, 2017
Other acts include Miley Cyrus, Usher, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, and Little Mix.
Everyone, stay safe.
Let’s focus our energy on the young victims of this heinous crime:
Georgina Callander, 18
Georgina Bethany Callander, from Whittle-le-Woods in Lancashire, was the first victim to be named. Her friend confirmed that the teen passed away in the hospital the day after the attack, with the victim's mother at her side.
The 18-year-old was a student at Runshaw College in Leyland, where she was studying Health and Social Care. The school released the following statement soon after the news broke: "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," the statement continued. "We are offering all available support possible at this tragic time, including counseling with our dedicated student support team."
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