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Ariana Grande Concert Ends in Tragedy, Music Community Responds

by onMay 23, 2017
 

Last night, at approximately 10:30 p.m. local time, a suspected terrorist attack devastated an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. The attack came just as the concert was ending; 22 were killed with another 59 injured and countless still missing. Grande was unharmed. Monday night’s concert drew thousands of fans, including children, who were trying to exit the venue when the blast occurred.

Police say Salman Abedi, 22, used an “improvised explosive device,” which was filled with nuts and bolts acting as shrapnel, in the foyer of Manchester Arena after Grande had left the stage. Abedi was among those found dead at the scene.

An official list of victims has not yet been released but The Manchester Evening News named three of the people who lost their lives as Saffie Rose Roussos, 8; Georgina Bethany Callander, 18; and John Atkinson, 26.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack and local police are treating it as a terrorist incident, according to a Twitter post by the Manchester Police account. It is currently unknown whether Abedi has ties to the Islamic State but police are investigating. A 23-year old man was arrested at 11:30 a.m. local time, believed to be in connection with the bombing, however, there has been no word on what part this individual played in the attack.

The horror felt by those in attendance and those affected by the attack is unimaginable and the music community has filled with an outpouring of support, sympathy, and pledges to donate money for victims of the attack.

Ariana Grande, who is surely devastated and in shock in the wake of the attack, sent out a simple Tweet filled with heartbreak and has postponed the rest of her tour indefinitely.

 

Other artists, bands, and musicians have all Tweeted their support and love for Manchester and everyone affected by the tragedy.

The effects of this horrible tragedy will no doubt be felt all around the globe and we send our love and light to all those affected by it, especially the Ariana Grande fans in attendance. If you would like to donate, a fundraiser has been set up and you can do so here.

 

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