On Monday night a suicide bomber set off an explosion after Ariana Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena. Twenty-two people were killed, 59 were injured, and the entire world was left shaken by an attack perpetrated against a young audience.
The bomber was killed in the explosion and has since been identified as 22 year-old Salman Abedi of Manchester. A 23 year-old man was also arrested in connection with the attack Tuesday morning. Tuesday afternoon, ISIS claimed responsibility for the act of terrorism.
Manchester police are beginning to release information on the victims of the attack, the first two to be named are 18 year-old Georgina Callander and 8 year-old Saffie Rosie Roussos. The 26 year-old John Atkinson was named by friends on Facebook.
Grande has suspended her tour indefinitely in the aftermath and tweeted out to her fans that she’s going to need time, like all of us, to process the event.
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
It is at times like these when we see the worst but also the best of humanity. After the attacks the city of Manchester has pulled together and offered transportation, shelter, phones, blood and support to those affected. Hospitals have even reported that they have more than enough blood to treat the victims of the attack. It’s heartwarming to see such a supportive response from the whole world at times like these.
Not surprised one bit that hundreds are offering free shelter for kids, taxis & beds after #ManchesterExplosion .
This is #Manchester
— Tanzil Chowdhury (@Tchowdhury88) May 23, 2017
the people who sell the fake merch outside the venue were giving out shirts and using them as towels for people who were bleeding
— abby *:･ﾟ✧*:･ﾟ✧ (@aIunasgeorge) May 22, 2017
— GiveBlood NHS ❤ (@GiveBloodNHS) May 23, 2017
if anyone in manchester needs picking up and can’t get home please let me know, some of us are on our way back in to the city to help
— karim (@daringbuteras) May 23, 2017
Celebrities and world leaders have expressed condolences, support and mourning over social media and through public statements.
#Manchester has always been so close to my heart! These are innocent vulnerable kids, this could’ve been any of us! I’m devastated!
— Rihanna (@rihanna) May 23, 2017
No words can describe how I feel about what happened in Manchester. I don’t wanna believe that the world we live in could be so cruel.
— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) May 23, 2017
My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost. I’m so sorry to hear this
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 23, 2017
A message from The Duke of Cambridge following last night’s attack in Manchester. pic.twitter.com/g8EWtuC2A8
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 23, 2017
A message from Her Majesty The Queen following the attack in Manchester yesterday. https://t.co/CuaaPmRM1D
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 23, 2017
This flag will be unveiled by Manchester United fans tomorrow.
A City United. ❤️💙 pic.twitter.com/lgL9Yxx8y8
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) May 23, 2017
In such times of devastation it is certainly uplifting to have overwhelmingly supportive responses from communities and individuals around the world.