YOUNGEST VIC­TIM’S MUM STILL IN DARK

8-year-old’s mother may not know yet daugh­ter died, as she is in ICU

New Straits Times - - News -

THE mother of an 8-yearold killed in the ex­plo­sion was is in in­ten­sive care — and may not yet know that her lit­tle girl has died.

It is un­clear whether Lisa Roussos had learnt of her daugh­ter’s fate be­fore be­ing placed un­der heavy se­da­tion.

Saffie Roussos — be­lieved to be the youngest to die in the at­tack and one of the United King­dom’s youngest-ever ter­ror vic­tims — was leav­ing the con­cert with her mother, 48, and half-sis­ter Ash­lee Bromwich, 25, when they were hit by shrap­nel from the blast. Saffie died at the scene, while her rel­a­tives were taken to hospi­tal with life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

Friends and fam­ily had is­sued des­per­ate ap­peals for in­for­ma­tion about their where­abouts on so­cial me­dia, only to re­ceive the crush­ing news of Saffie’s death.

Her aunt told the Daily Mail last night: “I can’t even imag­ine what Lisa will be feel­ing. It’s ev­ery par­ent’s worst night­mare. There is noth­ing any­one can do or say to make it any bet­ter. All our lives have been dev­as­tated. Saffie was such a bub­bly lit­tle girl. She was re­ally pretty, ab­so­lutely adorable. I’m just numb in­side.

Roussos’s hus­band, An­drew, 43, was un­der­stood to be at her bed­side last night. The cou­ple runs a fish and chip shop in Ley­land, Lan­cashire.

At Saffie’s school yes­ter­day, chil­dren and par­ents were seen leav­ing in tears.

Anita Towns­ley, whose grand­son at­tends Tar­leton Com­mu­nity Pri­mary School, near Pre­ston, said: “Ev­ery­one is dev­as­tated. For the kids to be so look­ing for­ward to a con­cert and then for this to hap­pen — it’s aw­ful. It’s such a close com­mu­nity, ev­ery­one’s ab­so­lutely heart­bro­ken.’

Saffie’s aunt and un­cle said Lisa was un­der­go­ing surgery for shrap­nel wounds.

“Ash­lee is in an­other hospi­tal, but sta­ble, we think,” they added.

An­other of the bomb­ing vic­tims had achieved her dream when she met United States singer Ari­ana Grande two years ago.

Af­ter pos­ing arm in arm with her favourite singer, Georgina Callander wrote that it was the “best con­cert of my life”.

When the 18-year-old se­cured a ticket to Grande’s re­turn to the Manch­ester Arena on Mon­day, she was un­able to con­tain her ex­cite­ment.

Georgina sent a mes­sage to the star on Twit­ter which said: “SO EX­CITED TO SEE YOU TO­MOR­ROW.”

She also sent ex­cited mes­sages to friends to dis­cuss meet­ing up be­fore the con­cert. Georgina, the first vic­tim to be named, met Grande on June 4, 2015, in a back­stage area of the Manch­ester Arena.

Yes­ter­day, some of the celebri­ties she had met paid trib­ute. Sean Maguire, who ap­peared in the TV se­ries Grange Hill and

Once Upon A Time, met Georgina last month.

He said: “She was so young and sweet. She was killed last night in Manch­ester. My love to her and all the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims.”

Her mother at­tended a vigil in her mem­ory last night, clutch­ing a blan­ket and lay­ing a sin­gle yel­low flower on the ground.

John Atkinson, 28, was an­other vic­tim to be named yes­ter­day. His fam­ily was too up­set to speak at

his home in Rad­cliffe. Daily Mail

Saffie Rose Roussos

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