Ariana Grande Honors Youngest Victim of Manchester Attack for Her Birthday
Saffie Rose Roussos was the youngest victim of the Manchester attack that took the lives of 22 people in late May. The little girl was just eight years old when she died after a terrorist detonated a bomb after an Ariana Grande concert and would’ve celebrated her ninth birthday on July 4. The 24-year-old singer has done everything she can to honor those lost in the wake of the horrific event, which includes paying tribute to Saffie on her special day.
“What’s newwwww, Buenos Aires. Argentina, I love you. Saffie, we’re [thinking] of you baby,” the singer wrote on Instagram yesterday.
The youngster’s dad, Andrew Roussos, recalled the moment he met the “One Last Time” singer, who was obviously heartbroken about the family’s loss, backstage at the One Love Manchester concert.
“I wanted to tell her what she meant to Saffie,” he said. “I wanted to tell her from a father’s point of view that she’s got nothing to be sorry for… It wasn’t her fault. All she could say to me was, ‘I’m sorry’ and I said, ‘You’ve got nothing to be sorry for. You made Saffie so happy with what you do.'”
The man added that he is “grateful she got to see all of [the concert]” before she passed, because his daughter was a HUGE Ariana fan and couldn’t stop talking about attending the performance in the months that led up to the show.
While Saffie isn’t physically with us anymore, we’re sure she saw the tribute and is smiling from heaven.
Remembering the nine teens and one child who died in the Manchester attack:
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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