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Emotional call for unity at vigil for Manchester bombing victims

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