The youngest victim of the Manchester bombing, aged only eight, has been identified as a British Cypriot.
Saffie Rose Roussos went to the Ariana Grande concert on Monday night with her mother Lisa and older sister Ashlee Bromwich, who is in her twenties. They were being treated for their injuries in separate hospitals on Tuesday.
Saffie had earlier been reported as one of those still missing. Her death was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.
The Daily Mail said Saffie’s parents are believed to run a fish and chip shop in Leyland, Lancashire.
Citing a friend of the family, the paper reported late Tuesday that Saffie’s mother, in critical condition in hospital, had not been informed of her daughter’s death.
CNA said relatives of the family were travelling to Britain from Cyprus. Saffie’s father Andreas Roussos has Cypriot citizenship, CNA said, but not his wife and daughters. He was born in Cyprus and later moved to Liverpool.
His father and brother were informed by the Cypriot authorities and they were due to leave for the UK.
The Cypriot foreign ministry’s crisis-management unit chief Omiros Mavrommatis said there were “no further information of Cypriots missing, injured, or dead in the attack”.
“We say this tentatively, until every injured person or fatality has been identified,” he said.
Cyprus’ High Commissioner to the UK, Euripides Evriviades tweeted out: “Total inadequacy of words in expressing massive sympathy to bereaved family. RIP to 8 y/o angel Saffie-Rose Roussos. #UKCypriots #Manchester“. The flags on the High Commission building in London were also being flown at half mast.
In a statement, Chris Upton, the headteacher at Tarleton Community Primary school, where the eight-year-old was a pupil, said: “Saffie was simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word. She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly. Saffie was quiet and unassuming with a creative flair.”
The news of her death had come as a “tremendous shock”, he added. “The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking.” The tight-knit school would be helping staff and pupils to cope with the shocking news, he said.
“News of Saffie’s death in this appalling attack has come as a tremendous shock to all of us and I would like to send our deepest condolences to all of her family and friends,” said Upton. “She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly. Our focus is now on helping pupils and staff cope with this shocking news and we have called in specialist support from Lancashire County Council to help us do that.