Ariana Grande Concert Victims Deserve Our Attention And Respect
Following the news that a "serious incident" had taken place at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in London, fans took to social media to tweet their responses to the sheer heartbreak and terror over the situation unfolding.
UPDATE: Manchester police revealed Tuesday morning that at least 22 people are dead and about 60 injured after a lone bomber detonated an improvised explosive device outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. The attacker is deceased and police believe he acted alone. According to CNN, authorities are investigating whether the attacker was part of a broader terror network.
Here's how you can help victims of the attack, which is the deadliest Britain has seen since the 2005 London bombing.
Grande was not injured at the concert and tweeted after the event: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words."
EARLIER: Though there's still so little known about what caused the reported explosion on Monday, May 22, and why, it's the victims of the attack that deserve our immediate (and unwavering) attention. Ariana Grande concert victims were likely people of all different ages — since the singer began her career as a Nickelodeon star and rose into the ranks of pop stardom.
As it stands, early reports from police indicate that upwards of 20 people were killed following the explosion and possibly "hundreds" more wounded, according to an CNBC.com report from multiple law enforcement officials on the scene. That number is, of course an unofficial estimate as police continue to work there way through the scene and ensure that all of the concertgoers have made their way to safety. The Associated Press confirmed 19 had died in the attack and more than 50 were injured.
The CNBC.com report added that the Greater Manchester Police told the media on the scene that there were a "number of confirmed fatalities and injures," after they arrived on the scene at close to 11 p.m. local time. Right now, officials are investigating two possible explosions at the show, and sources closed to the investigation stressed to NBC News that the information was preliminary and subject to change as more information becomes available.
Following the first reports, fans took to Twitter to remember those who lost their lives and were injured in the wake of the explosion:
Senseless violence at any level or any event is never, ever understandable, but it's even more infuriating when it happens on a night that's designed to be filled with pure pleasure and innocent fun for the people partaking. And after all that's become unsafe in our very modern, very unpredictable world — attending soccer games, going to a night club, going to work, literally just being alive — it feels like such a punch to the gut to attack young children, young adults, and their parents on a night that's supposed to be all about celebrating the freedoms of being young, being alive, and of having fun.
Thoughts and prayers and all the peace in the world go out to those affected by the attack on Monday night. It goes without saying, but the world, Ariana Grande fans, and the singer herself will carry their memories forward forever.