Manchester bombing victim, 8, was 'a beautiful little girl'

Britain Concert Blast

Britain Concert Blast

Peter Rawlinson, deputy of the Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy in Croston, northwest of Manchester, where Callander was a former pupil, told The Associated Press that her family had confirmed the death.

Friends tweeted of her passing.

The names of those killed in the Manchester terrorist attack which left at least 22 dead and injured around 59 are slowly emerging, with many children among the victims.

One of the victims was 8-year-old Saffie Roussos.

The death of Georgina Callander, believed to be 18, was confirmed by her school, the Runshaw College Sixth Form Centre in Lancashire.

The Today Show co-host's voice shook as he looked at photos and spoke about Saffie Rose Roussos, eight, Georgina Callandar, 18, and John Atkinson, 26, who all died in the bombing. The headteacher of her school, Chris Upton, announced that the little girl was "loved by everyone". He added: "She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly".

The little girl was at pop singer Ariana Grande's concert with her mother Lisa and sister Ashleee when a suicide bomber struck outside the Arena. "Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Georgina's family, friends, and all of those affected by this loss".

Lukas Cutforth and Dodie Clark, two British YouTube stars created a memorial fund for Callander's family on GoFundMe "to help towards the funeral and memorial costs".

"We are offering all available support possible at this tragic time, including counselling with our dedicated student support team".

Her school, Runshaw College in Lancaster, paid tribute to her in a statement. "I love you so much and will always miss you", Sophie Marsh, who was Callander's classmate, said in a post on Twitter.

A few days prior to attending the concert, Callander also shared on Instagram that she had met some of the cast of Once Upon a Time, and posed with actresses Rebecca Mader, Emilie de Ravin and Karen David.

A friend wrote: 'Rest in peace Gina. I continue to choose unity because when we join together, we are strong!

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