Georgina Bethany Callander, an 18-year-old Ariana Grande superfan, has been named the first victim of Monday night’s horrific concert attack in Manchester, England.
Callander, who was revealed as one of the 22 people killed in the reported terrorist explosion following the conclusion of the Ariana Grande concert, had met Grande two years prior backstage at Manchester Arena, sharing a number of excited photos and videos of her experience to her Instagram account.
The Telegraph reports Callander’s college confirmed her death: “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.” The college adds that Callander was taking the “second year of her Health and Social Care course.”
In response to her sudden passing, YouTube star Joe Sugg shared a heartbreaking photo of himself posing with the teen during a presumed past fan meet-and-greet. “So sad to hear about this. RIP Gina,” he captioned the photo.
In addition to the 22 victims of Monday night’s attack, the Manchester Police have revealed that an additional 59 people were injured outside of the venue. Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, who also manages Justin Bieber, released a statement shortly following the event, saying that “our hearts are broken.”
In a tweet shared by FOX 5 DC news anchor Steve Chenevey, a screenshot from an alleged conversation with the pop star’s drummer revealed that the blast occurred as the band was walking back to their dressing rooms.