Emotional call for unity at vigil for Manchester bombing victims

Emotional call for unity at vigil for Manchester bombing victims
By Seamus Kearney

There is an emotional plea for people in Manchester to stay united and not be beaten by terrorism.

It comes from the mother of a teenage girl who died in the bomb attack.

Charlotte Campbell, whose 15-year-old daughter Olivia died in the atrocity, told a vigil: “This is such a hard time for us, I had to come (here). I didn’t know what to do, I don’t know where to be. I don’t know what to do. I just knew, something told me I had to come here.

“As a family, we’re united in standing strong, I ask of friends, strangers, relatives to do the same, please stay together.

“Don’t let this beat any of us please. Don’t let my daughter be a victim”.

Books of condolence are on display for other people killed, including 14-year-old Nell Jones.

One of her friends has also undergone surgery for serious injuries.

Denis Oliver, the headmaster of the girls’ school, Holmes Chapel Comprehensive, said: “(Nell’s friend) was on the surgeon’s table for ten and a half hours, she’s described as having shrapnel in various, well, in every inch of her body basically.

“Her sister came into school today to address the sixth form, I don’t know how she did that. It was absolutely brave.”

Flowers are being left at numerous points across Manchester as the city pays its respects to the 22 people who died.

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