Manchester Stands Tall At Vigil To Honour Victims Of Terror Attack
Manchester is uniting this evening as a vigil takes place for the 22 victims of the terror attack which took place in the city last night.
The city, which showed immediate strength at a difficult time, has come together to show support for those killed, injured, or affected by the explosion - with thousands in attendance.
Albert's Square, where the Town Hall is situated hosted the event.
Schoolgirl Devon Weymont, who stood at the vigil with her father, Drew, told LAdbible: "It is really important to come together as a community, to support all of those who attended last night who were injured or murdered.
"Love is more important than hate, and we can solve this. It can happen to anyone sadly, if I went, it could happen to me. Thankfully all my friends are safe."
Dad, Drew, added: "I think the main thing you think is 'it could have been my daughter, it could have been us', it's brings it all home to you.
"As a father trying to explain why these things happen and that's the most difficult thing.
"The last time the terrorist attack on this city was by the IRA, we bounced back from that, the city has rebuilt itself physically. Now it will rebuild itself again. Doesn't matter on your background, people will come together.
"If that was meant to intimidate us, they've picked the wrong city."
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Taxi drivers offered free rides, residents offered beds using the trending #RoomForManchester, and others helped with food, blankets and concern.
Albert Square free drinks being distributed #:heart:MCR pic.twitter.com/SGzrhUeIzZ- BBC Radio Manchester (@BBCRadioManc) May 23, 2017
Police were called to the incident just after 22:30 BST last night, following reports of an explosion at the Manchester Arena, where American singer Ariana Grande was performing.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed 22, injured more than 50, and affected thousands at the concert last night.
The first victim named was 18-year-old Georgina Callender, while the youngest victim was eight-year-old Saffie-Rose Roussos.
Greater Manchester Police tweeted that the attacker died at the arena, adding: "We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated causing this atrocity."
Over 12 people remain unaccounted for, following the attack, as concerns grow.
Great Manchester Police has set up two hotlines for anyone who has concerns over loved ones: 0161 856 9400 or 0161 856 9900.
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