Five More Victims of Manchester Terrorist Attack Identified, Including Two Mothers Who Were Waiting for Their Kids
Georgina Callander, 18, Saffie Rose Roussos, 8, and John Atkinson, 26, were also among the casualties
Alison Howe, 44
The Royton native’s stepson Jordan confirmed her death on Facebook Tuesday. “They took a caring beautiful mum and step mother away from us all she was amazing to us all x love you loads Alison Howe,” Jordan wrote.
Jordan had spent Tuesday searching hospitals in Manchester to try to find his missing stepmother Alison, who was waiting to pick up her 15-year-old daughter from the concert.
“We haven’t heard anything yet. I am just about to go into another hospital, we have been looking in the hospitals for her,” Jordan told The Guardian.
Lisa Lees, 43
Lees, a friend of Howe and fellow Royton resident, had also been waiting to pick up her 15-year-old daughter from Manchester Arena.
Lees’ brother Lee Hunter confirmed her death on Facebook Tuesday. “For those who don’t know Lisa is gone but never ever forgotten I love you Lisa I’ll miss you so much,” he wrote.
During his search to find his sister, Hunter shared in another Facebook post: “My sister is still missing she was in the foyer of MEN arena last night if you know anything please get in touch.”
Howe’s daughter Sasha pleaded for the safe return of Lisa and her mother Alison. “My mum Alison Howe and her friend Lisa Lees where at Manchester arena, please get in contact if anything is heard and share this,” Sasha wrote.
Olivia Campbell, 15
Olivia was confirmed dead by her mother Charlotte Campbell on Facebook Tuesday. “RIP my darling precious gorgeous girl Olivia Campbell taken far far to soon go sing with the angels and keep smiling mummy loves you so much,” Charlotte wrote.
Hours after the Manchester terrorist attack, Olivia was registered as a missing person. The last time Charlotte had spoken to her daughter was when Olivia called to say how happy she was to be at Manchester Arena to watch Grande.
“We’re going to [search] … and we’ll do it every single day until we find that little girl,” Charlotte and Olivia’s stepfather Paul Hodgson was heard tearfully pleading during their on-air interview with CNN.
“At this present moment, we need our Oli back,” Hodgson said before Campbell added: “I love her so much. I want her home. I need her home. She is my baby. I miss her so much. If she is out there, just phone, just phone. I’ll be there. I don’t care where she is. I’ll be there.”
Kelly Brewster, 32
The Sheffield native’s family member, named Sheila Brewster, shared on Facebook: “It is with a heavy broken heart I send this message. Kelly has been found.”
In addition, an online media page for Kelly’s hometown confirmed the death on Facebook. “Missing Sheffield woman Kelly Brewster has been found but it’s unfortunate news as her family confirm she is no longer with us as she loses her life in the Manchester attacks last night,” the statement read.
According to The Sun, Brewster’s uncle said Kelly shielded her sister and niece from the blast at Grande’s concert.
Mark Williams-Chalmers, Kelly’s friend since 2010, tells PEOPLE: “Kelly (or Brucey as I used to call her) and I got on really well. She was always the first to greet me when we worked together and we became quite close from day one as we were in the same team. She was a great support for me during difficult times.”
Williams-Chalmers, who worked at Aviva Insurance with Kelly, also says what he’ll remember the most about her. “When I left work, her present to me touched my heart. She made a collage of pictures of good memories together. I wept but we stayed in touch. Her bubbly personality, hilarious sense of humor and that contagious smile will live on in my memory forever,” he adds.
The Merseyside schoolgirl’s family and friends set up a crowdfunding account to raise money for a memorial service.
“Weʼre raising £3,000 to help fund a beautiful send off for Megan who was taken far too early due to the awful attacks at Manchester Evening News Arena on 22/05/2017,” wrote Helen McDermott, from Halewood, who organized the fundraiser.
“After such a heartbreaking event where many were killed and injured through such a horrendous act of violence we can do little more than pray for the families who have suffered and hope we are never subject to the pain they must be feeling! RIP to Megan and every other victim,” she added.
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On Tuesday, there was a joint memorial held for Georgina and Saffie in Mark Square at Tarleton in Lancashire, which is 40 miles northwest of Manchester. Around the U.K., thousands gathered to lay flowers and light candles in memory of the victims who were tragically killed by the suicide bombing.
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins of Greater Manchester Police said the explosion occurred around 10:33 p.m. local time near the ticket office outside the arena. Police believe the suspect, who is dead, is Salman Abedi, 22, said Hopkins, though he has not been formally identified by the coroner.
In addition to Abedi, greater Manchester Police said they have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the incident, according to the Associated Press.