8-Year-Old Among Victims Of Manchester Arena Attack

A school in northern England has identified another victim as Georgina Callander, a former pupil.

Saffie was simply a handsome little girl in every aspect of the word.

Friends of the student said she had been rushes, alive, to hospital after the explosion, but died in hospital.

Twenty-two people were killed and 59 injured after a suicide bomber detonated a homemade device packed with nuts and bolts in the foyer of the Manchester Arena as thousands of young people were leaving a concert by USA pop star Ariana Grande on Monday night.

Greater Manchester Police is aware of the identity of the attacker and confirmed the it was carried out by a male carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated, killing himself and many others.

A huge fan of Grande and her music, Callender had tweeted at the pop star on Sunday night, prior to her concert. "Saffie was quiet and unassuming with a creative flair".

The college said: "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".

Callander was in the second year of a three-year health and social care course. It said she died of injuries from the attack and described her as "a lovely young student who was very popular with her peers and the staff".

Her school, Runshaw College in Lancaster, paid tribute to her in a statement. Photos on her Facebook page showed a fun-loving teenager who liked pop groups like One Direction and Fifth Harmony.

Daisy Gill, who was at the concert with Georgina, posted a photograph of them and wrote on social media: "Rest in peace Gina my angel, we were both having such an incredible evening and I can't believe it ended this way".

Another friend, Sophie Marsh, also posted a message: "To my handsome best friend I hope you rest in peace my darling".

"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 read.

Upon hearing of Callander's death, David re-posted the autographed photo of the two of them together, along with a heartbreaking message.

  • Zachary Reyes