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Ariana Grande's Mom Took Fans Backstage After Explosion

And a homeless man rendered aid outside the stadium
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2017 2:11 PM CDT

(Newser) – When the bomb that killed 22 people during an Ariana Grande concert Monday in Manchester exploded, the singer's mother was just about to leave her seat in the front row to visit her daughter backstage. Instead, Joan Grande led a group of young fans—perhaps as many as 10—backstage, where she waited with them until it was safe to leave the arena, TMZ reports. ABC News confirmed the account.

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Meanwhile outside the arena, a homeless man named Stephen Jones wiped the blood off victims streaming out of the arena, checking for wounds and trying to stop further bleeding. He says he was fleeing the area until he saw injured children in need of help. "We are human, we still have a heart, we still have that instinct to help people out that need help and that's what we are doing," he tells CNN. (Read more Ariana Grande stories.)

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