First Known Victim of Manchester Attack Laid to Rest at Emotional Funeral

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The first person to be identified as a victim of the Manchester bombing that took the lives of 22 people was laid to rest earlier today. The funeral for Georgina Callander, 18, was held in her hometown of Tarleton, Lancashire, England, and contained countless mourners wearing yellow, her favorite color. The teen’s casket, which was decorated with family photographs, was also yellow and was pulled by a horse-drawn carriage to Tarleton Holy Trinity Church.

The girl’s family chose to make the gathering a celebration of life, and even included a picture of her with Ariana Grande on the back of the funeral booklet.

After the funeral was over, Georgina’s casket emerged from the church with Ari’s “One Last Time,” which became the official song to remember the victims, playing the the background.

The teen’s brother, Daniel Callander, paid tribute to his little sister with these emotional words:

“Georgina was the kindest person you will have ever met. The media have described my sister Georgina in many ways, but she will always be known as mummy’s little girl. I loved having a little geeky sister to talk about comics with — something I wish you could have all known. On her 18th birthday she didn’t go out and get drunk like normal 18-year-olds — she went to the zoo with her friends. That’s just the type of person Georgina was. She never touched a drop of alcohol despite me telling her to come to the pub with me.”

One of her former teachers, Alison Mesghali, said, “The thing I remember most about Georgina is her smile — she was always smiling.”

May she rest in peace.

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Let us remember the 9 teens and 1 child who died in the Manchester bombing:


Georgina Callander, 18

Georgina Bethany Callander, from Whittle-le-Woods in Lancashire, was the first victim to be named. Her friend confirmed that the teen passed away in the hospital the day after the attack, with the victim's mother at her side.

The 18-year-old was a student at Runshaw College in Leyland, where she was studying Health and Social Care. The school released the following statement soon after the news broke: "It is with enormous sadness that it appears that one of the people who lost their lives in Monday's Manchester attack was one of our students here at Runshaw College. Georgina Callander was a former Bishop Rawstorne pupil studying with us on the second year of her Health and Social Care course."

"Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Georgina's friends, family, and all of those affected by this loss," the statement continued. "We are offering all available support possible at this tragic time, including counseling with our dedicated student support team."

Photo: Family Photo

Courtney Boyle, 19

Courtney Boyle and her stepfather, Philip Tron, 32, from Gateshead, were reported missing in the hours/days after the bombing. Sadly, they were identified as two of the 22 victims who died on that tragic day.

According to reports, the pair went to Manchester Arena to pick up her little sister, Nicole Boyle, 14, who attended the concert. The younger Boyle managed to escape, but Courtney and Philip did not.

"My stunning amazing beautiful daughter you were my rock you made me so proud with all you had achieved and my gorgeous crazy Philip you made my world a happy place and now you are both my angels flying high in the sky," said Deborah Hutchinson, Courtney's mother (and Philip's partner) said in a statement.

"I am going to miss my baby girl Courtney Boyle for the rest of my life," Courtney's dad said. "I will never forget you and I will love you forever."

"Courtney my wonder of a sister who is now a shining yellow star in the sky," Nicole added in a written statement. "Phil, my stepdad, my costa buddy, you were always there no matter what to keep me safe and make me happy."

Other family members, as well as Courtney's boyfriend, made statements about the Leeds Beckett University ­criminology student and her stepfather, too. Clearly, they were very loved.

Photo: Family Photo

Eilidh MacLeod, 14

Following the tragedy, two teenagers from Barra, Scotland were reported missing. Laura MacIntyre, 15, was one; her friend, Eilidh MacLeod, was the other. Both were found: Laura is currently in the hospital with serious injuries; Eilidh, on the other hand, passed away.

"Words cannot express how we feel at losing our darling Eilidh," the teen's parents said in a statement. "Our family is devastated and words cannot express how we feel at losing our darling Eilidh. Eilidh was vivacious and full of fun. She loved all music whether it was listening to Ariana or playing the bagpipes with her pipe band."

"As a family we would like to express our thanks and gratitude for the support and kind messages we have received at this difficult time," they concluded.

Photo: Family Photo

Liam Curry, 19; Chloe Rutherford, 17

It was double heartbreak for the families of South Shield residents Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford, as both members of the young couple fell victim to the May 22 explosion.

The families said the teens "wanted to be together forever and now they are."

"On the night our daughter Chloe died and our son Liam died, their wings were ready but our hearts were not," the families added. "They were perfect in every way for each other and were meant to be."

"Chloe was the loving, amazing, thoughtful, innocent young woman you would ever ever, ever meet," Chloe's best friend, Amy Ridley, wrote on Facebook. "Liam was absolutely amazing, the most caring boyfriend Chloe could ever have wished for."

Tragically, Liam's family mourned the loss of his father, Andrew Curry, last month, following a longterm illness.

Photo: Family Photo

Megan Hurley, 15

According to Mirror Online, Megan Hurley, from Halewood in Liverpool, was one of the first reported victims of the attack, but her picture is, reportedly, the last to be released — and her story is just as heartbreaking as the rest.

"She was very gentle and unassuming, not an extravert," said one of her friends, "but she had a great sense of humor and loved to make people laugh."

"They are one devastated family," her neighbor, Steve Byrne, told The Telegraph. "You take your kids for granted, then something like this happens. It's just tragic."

Her parents are said to be at the hospital with her brother, Bradley Hurley, 20, who was injured in the explosion.

Photo: Family Photo

Nell Jones, 14

Nell Jones was a student at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School in Cheshire, where she's from, when she passed away at the scene of this heinous crime.

In a statement, the school's head teacher, Denis Oliver, said, "Nell's family ha[s] been searching for her since the incident in the hope that they would find her being cared for in hospital. Unfortunately, the police have now confirmed that Nell died at the scene."

Her fellow Holmes Chapel student, Freya Lewis, was injured in the violent act, but is currently recovering in the hospital.

Photo: Family Photo

Olivia Campbell, 15

"It's the most horrible feeling ever — to know that your daughter's there, you can't find her, you don't know whether she's dead or alive," Charlotte Campbell told CNN shortly after the blast. And that horrible feeling soon turned to heartbreak, as her daughter, Olivia, from Bury, Greater Manchester, was one of those that were killed in the Manchester bombing.

"RIP my darling precious gorgeous girl Olivia Campbell taken far far to soon," Charlotte posted on social media.

Photo: Family Photo

Sorrell Leczkowski, 14

Sorrell Leczkowski, from Adel, Leeds, was the rock in the family, according to her grandfather, Michael Healey. "I am absolutely heartbroken to confirm that my granddaughter was killed in the terror attack that claimed so many innocent lives," he said. "Sorrell was only 14, but she was our rock, she kept us all grounded. She was such a clever, talented, creative girl, there was nothing she couldn't do."

Sorrell's grandmother (Michael's wife) is said to be in intensive care, and Sorrell's mother, Samantha, is recovering from surgery "as she tries to make sense of the devastating loss of her daughter."

Photo: Family Photo

Saffie Rose Roussos, 8

Victim #2, Tarleton's Saffie Rose Roussos, struck a chord with everyone; she was only 8 years old.

"Saffie was simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word," Chris Upton, Headteacher at Saffie Rose's school, Tarleton Community Primary School, said. "She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly. Saffie was quiet and unassuming with a creative flair. The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking."

The young girl's mother and sister are reportedly both in the hospital being treated for their injuries.

Photo: Family Photo

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