A Kiwi teenager is heartbroken after she lost her "best friend in the world" in the Manchester bombing.
Hamilton girl Skye Gallagher met Georgina Callander online and they wrote and spoke to each other regularly.
They had planned to meet up in real life - but Georgina was a victim of the tragedy at the Ariana Grande concert.
"My best friend in this whole damn world has been killed just after watching her favourite artist perform live," Skye wrote on Instagram shortly after the attack at Manchester Arena.
Skye told Fairfax she messaged Georgina when she found out about the bombing, and got a reply from the girl's mother who said she had been killed.
"I hate this earth and this is proof that the loveliest people are the first to go," Skye wrote on Instagram.
"I don't know what I'm going to do without you sunshine. You're the sweetest person I have ever come to know. I'm absolutely broken and can't stop shaking."
Georgina placed a friendship lock for the pair in Paris, and Skye had planned to find the lock. The friends talked about meeting each other in the future.
"The padlock you placed in Paris is our friendship forever and it's surely one I'll never ever forget," Skye wrote.
"We'll meet someday young one, just not where we hoped to. All of my love from the bottom of my heart. Rest in peace honey. I'll never ever forget you. Lots of love from your best friend skye pie."