Poignant Photo Emerges of First Concert Victim ID'd

Georgina Callander was once pictured with Ariana Grande
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2017 8:32 AM CDT
First Victim ID'd Once Had Photo Taken With Ariana
Georgina Callander is pictured with Ariana Grande in 2015. Callander was killed in the concert bombing.   (GoFundMe)

The first victim publicly identified in the Manchester concert attack is 18-year-old college student Georgina Callander. And it was no mere whim that brought her to Ariana Grande's concert—she was a huge fan. "SO EXCITED TO SEE U TOMORROW," Callander tweeted the day before the show. And a poignant photo from Instagram in wide circulation is one showing her with Grande herself in 2015. "Thank you for everything my love I miss you," Callander wrote in the caption.

"We were all praying for her to be found safely," a friend tells the Evening Standard. "Then we were told she had passed away." Callander had been studying health and social care at Runshaw College, which issued a statement expressing sympathy and offering counseling to those who knew her. Friends were mourning her online: "Rest in peace Gina," one wrote on Twitter. "I'm so lucky to have met you and known you." Meanwhile, some parents were still trying to track down their missing children. Charlotte Campbell, for instance, has been featured on various media outlets, including CNN, as she searches for 15-year-old daughter Olivia. "They're telling us to wait by the phones," she says. (More Ariana Grande stories.)

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