Multiple news outlets have now revealed the name of the first victim of the Ariana Grande concert attack in Manchester: 16-year-old Georgina Callander.
Information about Georgina is still scarce as at time of writing, but from what little information that has surfaced, she appears to be an Ariana Grande super fan.
Georgina was one of the 22 people killed when an attacker detonated an explosive device at the end of Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman Tour in Manchester Arena. According to her friends, she was one of the first people rushed to the hospital after the attack, but she died with her mother at her beside.
She was one of the few lucky fans who had the opportunity to meet Ariana Grande through a meet and greet at the pop star’s previous tour. Prior to Ariana Grande’s Manchester Arena concert, Georgina tweeted to the singer, “SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU TOMORROW“.
SO EXCITED TO SEE U TOMORROW
— gina ? today! (@emiliesatwell) May 21, 2017
Her friends have since taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Georgina. “To my beautiful best friend I hope you rest in peace my darling ? I love you so much and will always miss you,” one wrote.
“I am in shock that such an amazing night could end so horrendously, nobody should ever have to worry about not leaving a concert, of all things, safe. My heart goes out to all those who lost friends and family last night. I love you so much Gina, you always lit up the room (and groupchat) and we are all so lucky to have ever had a friend like you,” another said.
Manchester is just waking up to the horrible news and it is truly a senseless tragedy. It shouldn’t have to happen to anyone, what more kids. Concerts are supposed to be a safe place – their safe place.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected.
Rest in peace, Georgina Callander.