An eight-year-old girl has been named as the second victim of the Manchester terror attack.
Saffie Rose Roussos, from Preston, was attending the Ariana Grande concert at the MEN Arena with her mother and older sister when a suicide bomber struck.
Lisa Roussos and her other daughter Ashlee Bromwich, who is in her 20s, were taken to different hospitals after being injured by flying shrapnel from a ball bearing bomb.
In a statement released this afternoon, Tarleton Community Primary School headteacher, Chris Upton, confirmed the death of his pupil.
He said: ‘News of Saffie’s death in this appalling attack has come as a tremendous shock to all of us and I would like to send our deepest condolences to all of her family and friends.
‘The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking.
He added: ‘Saffie was simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word.
‘She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly.
‘Saffie was quiet and unassuming with a creative flair.
‘Our focus is now on helping pupils and staff cope with this shocking news and we have called in specialist support from Lancashire County Council to help us do that.
‘We are a tight-knit school and wider community and will give each other the support that we need at this difficult time.’
Saffie’s parents are believed to run a fish and chip shop in Leyland, Lancashire.
Her mother Lisa Roussos is currently in hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
The first victim was named this morning as sixth form student Georgina Callander.
The 18-year-old died when a lone attacker detonated an explosive device as thousands of youngsters were leaving Manchester Arena last night.
She had posted a picture of herself with the US singer at the same venue two years ago, captioning it: ‘My meet and greet photos came through, she was so cute and lovely, I hugged her so tight and she said she loved my bow. I can’t get over this, I never will.’
In a follow up message after meeting Ariana Grande backstage on June 4, 2015, Georgina wrote: ‘After 6 years of waiting I finally got to meet and see my love. I am so happy right now. Hands down the best concert of my life.’
The first victim of the Manchester terror attack has been named locally as 18-year-old Georgina Callander. She is pictured with Ariana Grande two years ago
The first victim of the Manchester terror attack has been named locally as 18-year-old Georgina Callander (pictured)
On Sunday the teenager, from Chorley in Lancashire, tweeted the pop star, writing: ‘SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU TOMORROW.’
She was a second-year student at Runshaw College studying health and social care.
Traumatised families have today told of the scenes of carnage they witnessed after a suicide bomber set off a ball bearing bomb at the packed pop concert, killing at least 22 people, including children, and injuring around 120.
Witnesses told of nuts and bolts tearing into young music fans when the blast was detonated in the foyer area of the Manchester Arena moments after Ariana Grande’s concert had ended.
The bomb went off at a time when mothers and fathers were leaving the venue with their children and other parents were arriving to pick up groups of youngsters.
Police this morning confirmed that the suicide bomber, who was known to authorities, died inside the arena. US security sources said the bomber had travelled to the venue on public transport.
A 23-year-old man was arrested by anti-terror officers in the south of the city as police and security services attempt to work out if the suicide bomber was part of a cell.
Security sources have told MailOnline that initial analysis of the ‘sophisticated’ device suggests it was made by an expert.
Hundreds of people are now desperately trying to track down loved ones who went missing in the aftermath of the attack, with police having to tell some parents their children have died.
A victim of the atrocity has been named as Georgina Callander, an 18-year-old fan who met US singer Ms Grande two years ago. Of the injured, 59 were taken to hospital and 60 were treated at the scene.
Describing the scenes after the blast, one eyewitness told MailOnline she saw a young girl screaming ‘I don’t know where my sister is’. Another man told how he cradled a dying woman and saw a girl with her legs blown off.