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Thousands gather in Manchester and across the UK to pay tributes to those who lost their lives and the families affected after a terrorist attack after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Many of the victims were children, and the youngest confirmed dead was only 8 years old.

The victims name’s so far.

Rest In Peace Olivia Campbell, 15 years old. Whose mom confirmed her passing on Good Morning Britain.

Rest In Peace Alison Howe, a 44 year old mom that was waiting to pick up her daughter from the concert.

Rest In Peace Lisa Lees, another mom that was also waiting to pick her daughter from the concert in the foyer along with Alison Howe, she was 43.

Rest In Peace Kelly Brewster, confirmed as the fourth victim. The 32 year old died after shielding her 11 year old niece from the explosion.  

Rest In Peace Saffie-Rose Roussos, an 8 year old schoolgirl, the youngest victim from the attack.

Rest In Peace John Atkinson, who was confirmed by friends on facebook of his passing. He was only 26. 

Rest In Peace Georgina Callander, confirmed as the first victim of the attack. She was an 18 year old college student that was studying social care.

Rest In Peace to the remaining 15 victims who have yet to be identified. 

Rest In Peace and May Your Names Be Honored.

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Manchester residents offered homes, rides and blood after attack. Here’s how you can help.

  • In the wake of the attack — Britain’s deadliest since 2005 — volunteers have poured in to donate blood, the New York Times reported. 
  • Residents of the city have opened their homes to help victims of the bombing, and taxi drivers have offered free rides
  • Parents wounded in the attack have refused treatment to allow doctors to focus on saving children.
  • The Manchester Evening News has created a crowdfunding page to raise money for the victims of the attack. 
  • As of Tuesday afternoon, the page had received more than 475,000 of its 500,000-pound goal. Read more (5/23/17)

My heart goes out to the parents driving home without their children. To the teenagers with an empty desk beside them at school today. To the best friends who turn to make a joke to someone, only to remember they’re not there. To the teachers who call out the register, only to stumble on a name. My heart goes out today to all those affected by this horrific, barbaric and heartbreaking attack in Manchester.

“There’s 2 incredible things that are close to magic in life and that’s when people get together for sports and when people get together for music. I think you know like people look at a concert as something very simple in life but think about it: there’s gonna be 10.000 people in this room tonight, who know all the lyrics, who love the music for the same reason, it makes them all feel good at the same time and that doesn’t happen unless it’s in music and that’s very special because to get that many humans all together singing the same song, feeling the same way is very rare”

This is what concerts are about. This is what they SHOULD be about.

What do I do with these feelings?
These newspaper clippings
These reports, so fucking
statistical
“22 killed, 59 injured”
They don’t add in the words “human lives”
They don’t add in the words “affliction”
22 human lives lost, 59 humans bleeding,
Thousands reeling from trauma
and millions
terrified
that they’re next, another concert
another play, another
place they just wanted to smile

I’m
so fucking sorry
that one idea,
one extremist turned into
teenagers, who were waiting
for their chance to turn this around,
Crying as their best friend
lay unmoving on the ground
in what was supposed to be
the happiest moment
of their finite little 17 years of life


You didn’t deserve this
You deserved
the excitement of your first paycheck
the sorrow of lost love
that vacation in the Maldives you always wanted
You didn’t deserve
to be a liar when you told your mother you’d be home for dinner tomorrow

—  you are more than another incident to add to the list
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bluestruckholly
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Manchester community using #RoomForManchester to offer help after arena explosion

  • Following a deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena Monday evening, the community is rallying together to offer support to those affected by what is believed to be a terror attack.
  • Using the hashtag #RoomForManchester, people are offering shelter, transportation and food to victims of the explosion. Read more (5/22/17 9:25 PM)
independent.co.uk
'Two explosions' heard at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester
There are a number of confirmed deaths at Manchester Arena following a reported explosion at an Ariana Grande concert, police have said. Twitter users reported thousands of concert goers fled the arena covered in blood and crying, although it is not immediately clear what the reported "loud bangs" were. The noises were heard towards the end of the show, with witnesses claiming on social media they believed the bangs were a "gun shot" or a "bomb".

I don’t understand why people are angry that Ariana canceled her tour?? That poor girl witnessed an explosion in front of her own eyes. At her own concert. She will feel a huge weight of responsibility for the tragedy because all of the victims came to see her. They came because of her. She’ll be sitting there asking herself “Why me? Why my concert? Why of all places and times did they choose my concert?” She will blame herself for leading children to their deaths. This tragedy will affect her mental well-being for the rest of her life. Let me reiterate: She watched people die.

Frankly, I would be highly concerned if she didn’t cancel her tour.

A concert is a place where everything is left at the door.
A moment shared between fan and artist, as their favourite songs swirls in the air.
A place where the songs that saved you and protected you for years, are finally worth it. You’ve made it.

To destroy someone’s safe place, and leave uncertainty in its path.
To take an adulthood, a family of a child, a life.
To break the hearts of millions.
To mentally scare more.

A concert is a safe place, we can’t let that be no more.
The fear, the terror. It’s part of their game.
Don’t let them win, let your favourite songs continue to protect you again.

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Latest updates: At least 22 dead in blast at Ariana Grande concert