Friday, May 26, 2017

Teenage Couple, Teacher and Officer Among 22 Killed in Manchester Bombing

Left to right, from top row: Martyn Hett, Eilidh Macleod, Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford, Georgina Callander, Saffie Rose Roussos, Marcin and Angelika Klis, Kelly Brewster, Nell Jones, Michelle Kiss, Elaine McIver, Philip Tron and Courtney Boyle.

A teenage couple in love, dreaming of traveling the world together.
An off-duty police officer, taking a break from the stresses of fighting organized crime to enjoy a concert with her husband and two children.
A Polish couple, waiting to pick up their children from a concert and unaware it would be their last moments of parental duty.
On Thursday, the grim task of confirming those who had died in the Manchester attack appeared to be coming to an end.
The police said that they were confident they had identified all 22 people who died in the attack — but they added that they would not reveal all of the names until post-mortems were concluded, which could take several more days.
Families and friends have confirmed the deaths of loved ones to the police or to schools or on social media. The process helped bring a small measure of closure after Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old Briton of Libyan descent, set off a crude bomb after a performance by the pop singer Ariana Grande on Monday night. It was the worst terrorist attack on British soil since 2005.
Many of the victims were teenagers or parents waiting for their children after a concert, like the Polish couple, Angelika and Marcin Klis, who were living in York.
Among the latest victims to be identified were Eilidh MacLeod, 14, of the Isle of Barra, in Scotland; Elaine McIver, the off-duty police officer; Wendy Fawell, a schoolteacher from West Yorkshire; and Courtney Boyle, 19, a criminology and psychology student, and her stepfather, Philip Tron, a “Star Wars” and Andrea Bocelli fan.

A vigil on Wednesday in St Ann’s Square in Manchester, to commemorate the bombing victims. Credit Andrew Testa for The New York Time

The teenage couple — Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19 — were described by their families as wanting to “be together forever.” Relatives said the teenagers, from South Shields in northeast England, were the personification of blooming love.
“Liam adored and would do anything” for his girlfriend, “including dealing with Chloe’s demands for chocolate,” the families said in a joint statement. “They were perfect in every way for each other and were meant to be. They were beautiful inside and out to ourselves and our families, and they were inseparable. They wanted to be together forever — and now they are.”
Eilidh was described as a sprightly teenager as at ease playing bagpipes in her band as she was listening to Ms. Grande. “Our family is devastated and words cannot express how we feel at losing our darling Eilidh,” the family said. The teenager had gone to the concert with a friend, Laura MacIntyre, who was hospitalized and in serious condition, according to news reports.
Ms. McIver, the off-duty police officer, was remembered for her resilient spirit. She had been working in a unit in northwest England that fights organized crime like drug trafficking. “Despite what has happened to her, she would want us all to carry on regardless, and not be frightened by fear tactics,” her family said, urging against despair. “Instead, she regularly urged us all to rise up against it.”
According to news reports, Ms. Fawell, a single mother, was at the concert with her 15-year-old daughter, Charlotte, and some friends.

The Manchester Bombing in Pictures

A public relations manager, Martyn Hett, from Stockport in Greater Manchester, was such a passionate fan of “Coronation Street” that he had a tattoo on his leg of one of the soap opera’s characters, Deirdre Barlow. Mr. Hett was so adept at public relations that last year, after his mother, Figen, said she was downtrodden after failing to sell any of her handicrafts at a charity art fair, he turned to social media to promote them.
After they began selling well, he posted the text she had sent him. “You’ve made your mother very happy,” it said.
In a moving vigil Wednesday night in Bury, in Greater Manchester, Charlotte Campbell, the mother of Olivia Campbell, a 15-year-old who died in the bombing, made an emotional plea not to give in to terrorism.
Earlier, when her daughter’s fate was unknown, Ms. Campbell had made a tearful appeal on television for information about Olivia’s whereabouts, becoming a powerful symbol of the suffering that the attack inflicted.
“Please stay together,” Ms. Campbell said at the vigil on Wednesday. “Don’t let this beat any of us, please. Don’t let my daughter be a victim.”
Correction: May 25, 2017 Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article misstated the severity of the Manchester attack. It was the worst terrorist attack on British soil since 2005, not 2015.
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