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Parents of Manchester bombing victim Olivia Campbell get engaged in her honour

Mirror logo Mirror 29/05/2017 Kat Romero
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The parents of Manchester bombing victim Olivia Campbell announced their engagement to honour her memory.

Olivia, 15, was one of the 22 victims tragically killed during a terror attack at the MEN Arena in Manchester last Monday.

Her mother Charlotte and stepfather Paul delivered an emotional tribute to their daughter on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, insisting that they wanted to ‘keep her alive’.

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Charlotte said: “I want my daughter to keep on living. I never want her to be forgotten by anyone.

“If anyone had met her they wouldn’t forget her anyway, but I want her to be kept alive. I don’t want her to be a victim of this

“To be quiet and sit there, I would feel like she’s just a victim. But by telling everyone what she was really like, she’s now not a victim.”

Asked what they had done in Olivia’s memory, Charlotte revealed she and Paul had got engaged.

“She always wanted us to get married. So, in her memory, we’ve said that we will go and get married.”

Stepfather Paul paid tribute to Olivia, telling the programme: “Olivia loved singing. I want Olivia to be the face of Manchester – someone has to be the face, why not a 15-year-old who was tragically taken through this, to stand up and tell people that we’re sticking together and that we can beat this.”

Olivia's family released footage of her singing her at a wedding a few years ago. The teenager belted out a rendition of John Legend’s All Of Me, which the family revealed would now be played at her funeral. The singer had also sung the song at a talent show.

Singer John Legend recorded a heartfelt message for parents Charlotte and Paul last week.

Hello Paul and Charlotte. This is John Legend. I can’t imagine the pain you’re going through. I have a young daughter myself,” the singer said.

"I understand that Olivia was a fan of my music, and that she sang my song All of Me for a talent show, and I want to thank you for playing the song. I was so moved that I wanted to send you as much love as I can, and my sympathy and condolences. I know it won’t make up for the loss you’re feeling right now, but any love we can send you, we will.”

Good Morning Britain presenters Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid were close to tears when they discovered that Olivia had been killed in the terror attack on May 22.

The day before, they had spoken with mother Charlotte as she launched an appeal to find her then missing daughter.

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