Teenage Couple, Teacher and Officer Among 22 Killed in Manchester Bombing


A vigil on Wednesday in St Ann’s Square in Manchester, to commemorate the bombing victims.

Andrew Testa for The New York Time

A teenage couple in love, dreaming of traveling the world together.

An off-duty police officer, taking a break from the stresses of fighting organized crime to enjoy a concert with her husband and two children.

A Polish couple, waiting to pick up their children from a concert and unaware it would be their last moments of parental duty.

On Thursday, the grim task of confirming those who had died in the Manchester attack appeared to be coming to an end.


Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford

The police said that they were confident they had identified all 22 people who died in the attack — but they added that they would not reveal all of the names until post-mortems were concluded, which could take several more days.

Families and friends have confirmed the deaths of loved ones to the police or to schools or on social media. The process helped bring a small measure of closure after Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old Briton of Libyan descent, set off a crude bomb after a performance by the pop singer Ariana Grande on Monday night. It was the worst terrorist attack on British soil since 2005.

Many of the victims were teenagers or parents waiting for their children after a concert, like the Polish couple, Angelika and Marcin Klis, who were living in York.


Eilidh MacLeod

Greater Manchester Police, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Among the latest victims to be identified were Eilidh MacLeod, 14, of the Isle of Barra, in Scotland; Elaine McIver, the off-duty police officer; Wendy Fawell, a schoolteacher from West Yorkshire; and Courtney Boyle, 19, a criminology and psychology student, and her stepfather, Philip Tron, a “Star Wars” and Andrea Bocelli fan.

The teenage couple — Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19 — were described by their families as wanting to “be together forever.” Relatives said the teenagers, from South Shields in northeast England, were the personification of blooming love.

“Liam adored and would do anything” for his girlfriend, “including dealing with Chloe’s demands for chocolate,” the families said in a joint statement. “They were perfect in every way for each other and were meant to be. They were beautiful inside and out to ourselves and our families, and they were inseparable. They wanted to be together forever — and now they are.”


Elaine McIver

Greater Manchester Police, Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Eilidh was described as a sprightly teenager as at ease playing bagpipes in her band as she was…

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