A number of parents gathered inside the Manchester Arena Monday night with their children to see Ariana Grande perform, with many posing for selfies in the moments before a suicide bomber struck.
There was a heartwarming father-daughter moment as one 49-year-old dad took a photo with his 14-year-old daughter.
“What an incredible night!” he posted on social media.
Helen Baxter took a selfie with her 13-year-old daughter, Katy, and her child’s best friend. The concert tickets had been given to the children last Christmas.
Joe Nuttorn took a selfie with his daughters as thousands of other excited Grande fans filled the arena.
Moments later all those smiles would turn to horror as 22-year-old suicide bomber Salman Abedi waited for the concert to end as he unleashed carnage outside the arena, killing 22 and injuring 59.
Among the victims is 18-year-old Georgina Callander, who met Grande at a concert two years ago and treasured a photo of their meeting.
Before the concert she had tweeted her idol: “So excited to see you.”
The youngest victim was only 8 years old, Saffie Rousos, was still in elementary school.
British Prime Minister Theresa May eloquently expressed outrage that a concert with so many young girls in attendance would be deliberately targeted.
“All acts of terrorism are cowardly attacks on innocent people but this attack stands out for its appalling sickening cowardice deliberately targeting innocent defenseless young people who should have been enjoying the most memorable night of their lives,” she said in a statement.