Musicians, Hollywood Stars Heartbroken Over Manchester Terror Attack

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"Music is supposed to be a safe place. Only a coward would attempt to devalue that."

The music world is rocked with grief after the Monday night attack at Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester, England.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the explosion that left 22 people dead and 59 injured, forcing young concertgoers to flee the Manchester Arena, some still wearing the pop star's signature kitten ears. Greater Manchester Police said the bomber was killed in the attack and they have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the bombing.

British Prime Minister Theresa May called the suicide blast "a callous terrorist attack," President Donald Trump condemned the attackers as "evil losers" and Queen Elizabeth described the tragedy as "an act of barbarity." Hillary Clinton led the many politicians who took to Twitter to say she was "outraged & angry about this cowardly terror attack on a crowd of young people."

Music stars and celebrities flooded social media to share their deepest sympathies to Grande, the people of Manchester and to concertgoers everywhere. Grande, who emerged safely from the venue, took to Twitter shortly after the attack to say she was "broken from the bottom of my heart." 

Tyler Oakley and Emilie de Ravin mourned the first victim named in the attack, 18-year-old Georgina "Gina" Callander, of Manchester, with photos of themselves with the fan. Callander last took to Instagram to document her excitement about attending the Grande concert ahead of Monday night. The teenager, who was pictured with Grande at a concert two years ago, said she was "so excited" to see Grande the following day. “Georgina was a lovely young student who was very popular with her peers and the staff and always made the most of the opportunities she had at the school,” said Callander's school in a statement confirming her death. 

Saffie Roussos, aged 8, was the second victim who has been identified so far. She was described by a teacher as "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."

See the reactions as they continue to pour in on social media below and follow the developing story here.

 

Praying for the people of Manchester and the families affected by this terrible tragedy

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