Ariana Grande Honored The Youngest Manchester Victim's Birthday In The Sweetest Way
It's been just over a month since the attack at Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester, United Kingdom. On May 22, a solo suicide-bomber set off a homemade explosive, killing 23 people and injuring many more.
Among them was 8-year-old Saffie Roussos, the youngest victim in attendance.
In her Buenos Aires concert on Tuesday, July 5, Grande took a moment to honor Roussos' birthday. As part of the tribute, she sang the rendition of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" she performed previously at the One Love Manchester benefit concert that took place roughly two weeks after the attack.
At the end of her performance in Buenos Aires, Grande looked up to the sky and said, "Happy birthday, Saffie," blowing a kiss.
Saffie would have been 9 years old.
Following her performance, Ariana Grande also posted the following photo and message on her Instagram, saying,
What's newwwww, Buenos Aires. Argentina, I love you. Saffie, we're [thinking] of you baby
She included a birthday cake emoji.
Fans who were there for the touching moment posted emotional Tweets in response.
Additionally, Grande allegedly offered to pay for the funerals of those lost in the attack. Elite Daily reached out to Grande's team at the time for confirmation, but has not heard back.
As part of the One Love Manchester concert back in June, survivors of the May 22 concert sang a rendition of Grande's song, "My Everything," with Parrs Wood High School's Harmony Choir in tribute of the victims.
This was after they recorded the cover to go along with the Just Giving fundraising page, which raised over $4,000 dollars for those affected by the tragedy.
In the end, the fundraiser event raised millions of dollars to support the victims and families touched by the attack, like Saffie's.
The British Red Cross tweeted that 2.35 million GBP had been accumulated throughout the performance, and more than 22K people donated more than $440K through Facebook Live's airing of the Manchester concert.
You can catch Grande's full performance of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" at the One Love Manchester Concert below.