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Mum says 'precious' daughter among victims

Press Association logoPress Association 24/05/2017

The mother of a 15-year-old girl has paid tribute to her "precious" daughter after revealing she had died in the Manchester Arena bombing.

Olivia Campbell, from Bury, Greater Manchester, was among 22 people killed by suicide bomber Salman Abedi in an attack on a pop concert by Ariana Grande on Monday night.

The schoolgirl, along with eight-year-old Saffie Roussos and Georgina Callander, 18, were among the first of the terrorist's victims to be named.

Olivia's family had spent Tuesday frantically searching for her, hoping she was one of the dozens of people receiving treatment in hospital.

But early on Wednesday, Charlotte Campbell revealed her daughter had died in the blast.

Alongside a photo of Olivia she wrote on Facebook: "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."

Campbell told the BBC earlier that Olivia had been to the concert with her friend, Adam, who was receiving treatment in hospital.

A further 59 people were injured when Abedi, 22, detonated a homemade device in the arena's foyer as thousands of young people left the concert.

Tributes flowed on Wednesday to those killed in the blast, including Saffie, who was described by the head teacher at her school in Preston as a "beautiful little girl".

Saffie had been at the concert with her mother, Lisa Roussos, and sister, Ashlee Bromwich, who is in her 20s, from Leyland, Lancashire.

They are in separate hospitals being treated for injuries, friends said.

Another victim was named as Georgina Callander, who was studying health and social care at Runshaw College in Leyland, Lancashire.

"Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Georgina's family, friends, and all of those affected by this loss," the college said.

Tributes have also been paid to 26-year-old John Atkinson from Bury, who was named by friends on Facebook as an apparent victim.

"John was one in a million and loved by so many," wrote Hayley Turk, who organised a fund for Atkinson's family through website GoFundMe.

"A true gentleman," she said.

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