Manchester bombing: Faces of the victims

As the aftermath of the Manchester Arena attack continues to play out, with police raids, vigils and mourning, the names and stories of the 22 victims are emerging.

Five people have so far been identified, the youngest of whom is an eight-year-old girl.

Georgina Callander

The first victim named by authorities was 18-year-old Ariana Grande "superfan" Georgina Callander.

manchester attack victim georgina callander
Georgina Callander (sophie_jauregui / Twitter)

Georgina was in the second year of her Health and Social Care course at Runshaw College; the school has paid tribute to her.

"It is with enormous sadness that it appears that one of the people who lost their lives in Monday's Manchester attack was one of our students here at Runshaw College.

"Georgina Callander was a former Bishop Rawstorne pupil studying with us on the second year of her Health and Social Care course," the college wrote on Facebook, the post shared more than 2000 times.

"Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Georgina's friends, family, and all of those affected by this loss."

The school says it's offering support and counselling for any one of its community who needs it.

Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy has also remembered their former pupil, calling her a "lovely young student" who was popular with classmates and staff alike.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Georgina's family at this terrible time, and we think especially of her brothers Harry and Daniel who are also former students of the school," it said in a statement.

It was a concert Georgina had been keenly looking forward to. She tweeted at the US pop star the night before the Manchester Arena concert, writing: "SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU TOMORROW".

She'd met Grande just two years earlier at the same arena and posted the smiling photo to Instagram.

Saffie Roussos

Eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos is the youngest victim so far of the attack, and was killed after being separated from her mother and sister.

Manchester attack victim Saffie Rose Roussos (Supplied)
Saffie Rose Roussos (Supplied)

The pupil of Tarleton Community Primary School was remembered by her head teacher Chris Upton who said the news was "heartbreaking".

"Saffie was simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word. She was loved by everyone," he said in a statement. 

"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."

John Atkinson

John Atkinson is the third identified victim and was reportedly leaving the 21,000-capacity arena when he died.

Manchester bombing: Faces of the victims

A competitive dancer, the 26-year-old was remembered by Freak Dance Radcliffe - a group he was part of.

"We have lost a member of our dance family. John was always an amazingly happy gentle person and a real pleasure to teach when he came to our adult classes and even competed for Freak Dance. He was a true friend, not just to our staff but many of the parents and students from the school," the group wrote on Facebook.

Olivia Campbell

Olivia's mother and grandfather both confirmed her death.

On Tuesday her mother broke down in tears while talking to ITV. Charlotte Campbell said she had not spoken to her daughter since Olivia had left for the concert. 

"All I know is she was at the Manchester Arena with her friend watching Ariana Grande and she's not turned up yet," she told ITV.

"I can't get through to her. I've called the hospitals, I've called all the places, the hotels where people say that children have been taken.

"I've called the police. There's no news, I've just got to wait. I'm waiting at home just in case she turns up here."

Kelly Brewster

Kelly Brewster, 32, was killed while "shielding" her niece in the attack, the Daily Mail reports.

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Kelly Brewster (KellyB1909 / Twitter)

At least 59 people were hospitalised following the attack, with many concertgoers reported missing by loved ones.

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