An off-duty police officer was among the 22 people killed in the suicide bombing Monday night during an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, the officer’s department and family confirmed in statements.
Detective Constable Elaine McIver, 43, with police in nearby Cheshire, “was a much loved daughter, sister, Auntie, friend and colleague,” her family wrote in a statement released by the Greater Manchester Police.
“She was everyone’s friend, thoughtful beyond belief with an effervescent and outgoing personality,” the statement continued, adding that she “just loved life, and had a major love of music.”
According to her family, McIver’s partner, Paul, was one of at least 119 people injured in the attack.
According to a statement by Cheshire police, McIver became an officer in 1998. Since 2013, she had been working in an organized crime unit.
“Friends who knew her well have described her as big hearted, bubbly and a positive person,” the statement said.
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The department said it will be “providing support for friends and colleagues from the Constabulary as we come to terms of the loss of an officer in such tragic and heart-rending circumstances. We will not let evil win.”
At the end of the concert, Salman Abedi, 22, detonated an improvised explosive device near the ticket office outside Manchester Arena, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said. The explosion occurred around 10:33 p.m. local time.
Manchester police have said that Abedi was part of a larger terrorist network and that he didn’t act alone, and officials have arrested several others in connection with the incident.
According to multiple reports, Abedi’s father and younger brother were arrested in Libya, and Libyan authorities alleged Abedi’s younger brother had planned an attack in Libya.