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Fifth victim of Manchester terror attack named by friends as brave woman who shielded young niece from blast

Mirror logo Mirror 24/05/2017 Natalie Evans
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A woman who "shielded" her young niece from the deadly Manchester Arena blast has been named by friends as the fifth victim of the terror attack

Kelly Brewster was at the Ariana Grande concert with her sister, Claire and her niece, Hollie Booth when the terrorist struck.

Kelly, from Sheffield, was reported missing by concerned friends and family, while Hollie was said to have broken both of her legs and Claire had broken her jaw.

Kelly and her boyfriend Ian Winslow had put down a deposit on a house in Sheffield the day before the attack.

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Ian, 36, tonight posted on Facebook: "Not sure how this works but it isn't good news. Kelly Brewster wasn't one of the unidentified hospital patients. She has sadly passed away in the terror attack yesterday.

"Kelly really was the happiest she has ever been and we had so many things planned together. My daughter Phoebe will be absolutely devastated like we all are. Love you loads X ❤ "

Loved ones later took to social media to confirm their worst fears that Kelly was one of the 22 people killed in the suicide blast, which also left dozens injured.

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Posting on Facebook earlier on Monday, Tracy Booth said her granddaughter, Hollid, had broken both of her legs and Hollie's mum, Claire, had broken her jaw.

Tracy wrote: "I just hope my granddaughter Hollie Booth, her mum and Kelly Brewster will be okay, I hope my Hollies legs r going to be okay (sic)."

Commenting on the post, Paul Dryhurst said: "I understand she [Kelly] was behind Hollie and shield her with her body (sic)."

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Payton Williams, also posting on Facebook, wrote "She went to the concert in Manchester and was separated from her sister.

"If anyone has seen her or heard from her please please can you let us know - her family and friends are really worried."

Payton later posted an update which read: "It's with a sad broken heart I can say we've had news that Kelly is no longer with us.

"Fly high beautiful, you will be a bright shining star."

Friend Joanne Winslow wrote: "Heartbroken rip Kelly Brewster I'm in bits for all of Kelly's friends, family..."

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Theresa May says police and security services believe they know the identity of the attacker , as detectives made at least one arrest this morning

Ariana Grande superfan Georgina Bethany Callander was the first victim to be named .

Just days before the attack, Georgina tweeted the US pop singer, writing: “SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU TOMORROW.”

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Georgina's devastated friends led tributes to the teen, who they described as a "ray of sunshine".

The second innocent victim to be named was eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos, who went to the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena with her older sister Ashlee and mother Lisa.

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John Atkinson, 26, was also killed in the blast.

It’s understood Mr Atkinson, from Radcliffe, had been leaving the Ariana Grande concert at the venue when it was targeted by the suicide bomber.

Friends and family have paid their respects online, describing him as an ‘amazing young man’.

Lee Paul posted on Facebook: “Sleep tight John Atkinson. Thoughts and prayers with all your family and the other 21 people who lost there lives last night.”

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Tracey Crolla wrote: “Thinking of all the Atkinsons at this very sad time John Atkinson you turned into an amazing young man so kind and thoughtful you will be missed by everyone x x.”

Last night, the fourth victim was named as young Merseyside girl Megan Hurley.

A fundraising page has been set up in the name of the schoolgirl to help raise funds for her family to give her a funeral, the Liverpool Echo reports.

The page set up by Helen McDermott, from Halewood, who said: “We’re raising £500 to help fund a beautiful send off for Megan who was taken far too early due to the awful attacks at Manchester Arena on 22/05/2017.

“Let’s help Megan Hurley’s family as much as possible guys this is an awful time for the whole country but we can do our bit for our own!!!”

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