First Known Victim of Manchester Attack Laid to Rest at Emotional Funeral
The first person to be identified as a victim of the Manchester bombing that took the lives of 22 people was laid to rest earlier today. The funeral for Georgina Callander, 18, was held in her hometown of Tarleton, Lancashire, England, and contained countless mourners wearing yellow, her favorite color. The teen’s casket, which was decorated with family photographs, was also yellow and was pulled by a horse-drawn carriage to Tarleton Holy Trinity Church.
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The girl’s family chose to make the gathering a celebration of life, and even included a picture of her with Ariana Grande on the back of the funeral booklet.
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After the funeral was over, Georgina’s casket emerged from the church with Ari’s “One Last Time,” which became the official song to remember the victims, playing the the background.
The teen’s brother, Daniel Callander, paid tribute to his little sister with these emotional words:
“Georgina was the kindest person you will have ever met. The media have described my sister Georgina in many ways, but she will always be known as mummy’s little girl. I loved having a little geeky sister to talk about comics with — something I wish you could have all known. On her 18th birthday she didn’t go out and get drunk like normal 18-year-olds — she went to the zoo with her friends. That’s just the type of person Georgina was. She never touched a drop of alcohol despite me telling her to come to the pub with me.”
One of her former teachers, Alison Mesghali, said, “The thing I remember most about Georgina is her smile — she was always smiling.”
May she rest in peace.
Let us remember the 9 teens and 1 child who died in the Manchester bombing:
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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