Saffie Roussos................ murdered by a terrorist bomber at the Ariana Grande Concert in the Arena, Manchester - 22nd May, 2017
DoB 4th July 2008
Saffie was a superstar and I really wish I could have added a page dedicated to her on this site for another reason. She did everything that girls do which justifies the existence of their pages on this site - music, dancing, gymnastics etc. It would have been only a matter of time before I would have discovered her for her many talents. What a sad, sad loss to the world.              
Lord, look after this one, she's one of your angels.
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The youngest Manchester bombing victim was a "superstar in the making", her father has said at her funeral.

Wiping away tears, Andrew Roussos joined mourners at the city's packed cathedral to remember "stunning, stunning" eight-year-old Saffie.

She was among 22 people killed when Salman Abedi detonated a homemade bomb at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on 22 May.

The service was the last of the funerals for the victims.

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Hundreds of mourners filed into the cathedral, some wearing pink, which was Saffie's favourite colour.

Others carried a single rose, as requested by the family, in tribute to their daughter's middle name, Rose.

Saffie's coffin was also covered in roses.

Saffie, from Lancashire, had been at the venue with her mother Lisa and sister, Ashlee Bromwich, 26, who were both injured in the attack.

During the service, Mr Roussos said he had been "honoured to be her dad" and she was "a superstar in the making".

"To become something in life, you need to have that something," he said.

"That spark. That charisma. The ones that make it are born with it, they get it from the very beginning.

"Saffie had that."

Mr Roussos added the "Manchester community, family and friends have been fantastic".

The cortege left Wythenshawe Hospital, where Mrs Roussos, who has undergone multiple operations since the attack and for a while was in an induced coma, is still receiving treatment.

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Saffie's gone, isn't she?" 

Mum's heartbreaking first words as she woke from coma to discover eight-year-old daughter died in Manchester terror attack.

The devastated father of Saffie Roussos has revealed his wife's heartbreaking first words as she awoke from a coma after the Manchester terror attack.

Andrew Roussos's eight-year-old daughter was the youngest of 22 victims killed when a suicide bomber detonated an IED at the city's arena in May.

While she tragically died in the blast, her 48-year-old mum, Lisa, was put in an induced coma by doctors after suffering serious shrapnel injuries.

When she eventually came off life support, she said to her husband: "Saffie's gone, isn't she?" In response, dad Andrew, 43, simply nodded.

"That's all that was said really," the grieving father told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme, as he spoke about his family's loss for the first time.

"Adorable" Saffie had been attending an Ariana Grande concert at the arena with Lisa and older sister Ashlee Bromwich on the night of the explosion.

Today would have been her ninth birthday.

When Andrew arrived at the scene of the attack, he found Ashlee, who is in her twenties, being treated at the scene after suffering shrapnel injuries.

He later heard his wife had been taken to Salford Royal Hospital. It was hours later that he was given the devastating news by a detective that Saffie had been killed.

"I couldn't take it in. I just sat there looking at him. It's just your worst nightmare. I didn't know what to say, I didn't know what to think," he recalled.

Andrew said his "stunning" young daughter loved stardom and would have wanted her beautiful face to be remembered by people across the country.

"She was just everything you could wish for in a little girl," he told the programme.

He added that his family does "a little bit of laughing", "a little bit of joking" and "a little bit of crying and cuddling", which is how they "get through the day".

Lisa has undergone several operations in hospital after sustaining severe injuries in the explosion, which was carried out by 22-year-old terrorist Salman Abedi.

Fortunately, she is quickly improving.

Last month, close family friend Mike Swanny revealed that Lisa had been taken off her life support machine and was conscious.

The 38-year-old, who was then the family's spokesman, also explained that the mum was aware of her daughter Saffie's death.

He said at the time: "The news about Lisa being out of danger is the biggest in this since the start.

"She was in a critical condition at first, but she came off life support on Saturday and was up and talking on Sunday.

"She's aware of the situation with Saffie.

"She's still in hospital, but she's moving her legs, which is fantastic. Lisa's pulling through and it's really important people know that.

"Ashlee is remarkably well. She went to a different hospital to her mum with wounds, but it looks like she might be out as early as Wednesday."

"Andrew has been so strong. He's not wanted to grieve until he knew his wife was going to be okay. He's been a machine all week."

Nearly two dozen people were killed and more than 100 others injured after Abedi entered Manchester Arena and blew himself up at the end of the concert. 

Little Saffie's name was initially on a 'missing' list, with desperate appeals for information on the youngster's whereabouts going viral on social media.

After it was confirmed she had died in the blast, members of the public began to leave tributes outside her family's fish and chip shop in Leyland, Lancashire.

The huge display included hundreds of floral bouquets and balloons.

The Roussoses, who originate from Limassol in Cyprus, first lived in Southport, with their children Saffie and Zander, 10, attending Tarleton Primary School.

When they later moved to Leyland, the children remained at the school. Headteacher Chris Upton described Saffie as "a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word". 


Andrew said his "stunning" young daughter loved stardom and would have wanted her beautiful face to be remembered by people across the country.

"She was just everything you could wish for in a little girl," he told the programme.

He added that his family does "a little bit of laughing", "a little bit of joking" and "a little bit of crying and cuddling", which is how they "get through the day".

Lisa has undergone several operations in hospital after sustaining severe injuries in the explosion, which was carried out by 22-year-old terrorist Salman Abedi.

Fortunately, she is quickly improving.

Last month, close family friend Mike Swanny revealed that Lisa had been taken off her life support machine and was conscious.

The 38-year-old, who was then the family's spokesman, also explained that the mum was aware of her daughter Saffie's death.

He said at the time: "The news about Lisa being out of danger is the biggest in this since the start.

"She was in a critical condition at first, but she came off life support on Saturday and was up and talking on Sunday.

"She's aware of the situation with Saffie.

"She's still in hospital, but she's moving her legs, which is fantastic. Lisa's pulling through and it's really important people know that.

"Ashlee is remarkably well. She went to a different hospital to her mum with wounds, but it looks like she might be out as early as Wednesday."

"Andrew has been so strong. He's not wanted to grieve until he knew his wife was going to be okay. He's been a machine all week."

Nearly two dozen people were killed and more than 100 others injured after Abedi entered Manchester Arena and blew himself up at the end of the concert. 

Little Saffie's name was initially on a 'missing' list, with desperate appeals for information on the youngster's whereabouts going viral on social media.

After it was confirmed she had died in the blast, members of the public began to leave tributes outside her family's fish and chip shop in Leyland, Lancashire.

The huge display included hundreds of floral bouquets and balloons.

The Roussoses, who originate from Limassol in Cyprus, first lived in Southport, with their children Saffie and Zander, 10, attending Tarleton Primary School.

When they later moved to Leyland, the children remained at the school. Headteacher Chris Upton described Saffie as "a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word". 

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The youngest victim of the Manchester attack was "everything you could wish for in a little girl", her father said on what would have been her ninth birthday.

Saffie Roussos was among 22 people killed in a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on 22 May.

Her father Andrew, said Saffie was a "huge character" and was "stunning".

Mr Roussos said he has not thought or asked questions about what happened because he "can't get Saffie back".

In his first interview since the attack, Mr Roussos, from Lancashire, told the BBC: "She was a joker. She was a huge character.

"She was just everything you could wish for in a little girl."

"She loved dancing, music, gymnastics. If she wanted something, she would do it," he added.

"[She loved] fame, stardom.

"I knew that Saffie would love her pictures to be on, and to be spoken about on TV."

Saffie had been at the concert with her mother Lisa and 26-year-old sister Ashlee Bromwich.

Mrs Roussos has undergone multiple operations and was placed in an induced coma by doctors.

When she awoke she knew her daughter had died, Mr Roussos explained.

"I was dreading it. She just looked at me and said 'she's gone isn't she?', and I said 'yeah'. She goes, 'I knew'."

Mrs Roussos is improving at a much quicker rate than doctors had expected and the rest of the family were "all strong for each other", he added.

Saffie's sister Ms Bromwich said: "She was Ariana Grande-obsessed.

"She kept on going, 'come on Ashlee you promised me you'd get up and dance' - so we had a little dance. She was so happy, she was elated all night, grinning."

'It was chaos'

But everything changed at the end of the show when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a home-made device in the foyer of the arena.

"I remember I was thrown to the ground and, my next instinct, I just sort of I rolled over and crawled because I couldn't walk," Ms Bromwich said.

Mr Roussos said "hell broke loose" and he remembered arriving to discover Ms Bromwich being treated at the scene, while Saffie and his wife were missing.

Saffie's sister, Ashlee Bromwich

"We just walked round and all the police were there. It was chaos.

"You're panicking and worrying. You don't know what's going on," he said.

Mr Roussos, with the help of a friend, eventually received confirmation from Salford Royal Hospital that they were caring for his wife. But he heard nothing of Saffie.

"As the hours went on, I thought the worst," he said.

His faint hope, he added, was "that she was in one of the hotels".

He was later informed by a detective that Saffie had died.

"I couldn't take it in. I just sat there looking at him," he said. "It's just your worst nightmare. I didn't know what to say, I didn't know what to think."

Saffie's dad, Andrew

When asked about their thoughts on Abedi, Mr Roussos said: "It doesn't matter what I think, It doesn't matter what I feel, how much anger I've got, it doesn't matter how much love I've got, it doesn't change a thing.

"It doesn't, so I haven't even thought about it because if I could think about it, analyse it, break it down, sort it out and get Saffie back I'll do it but I can't.

"I've not even asked questions, I don't even know what's happened, I'm not interested."

Ms Bromwich said she "didn't want to know, I'm not interested".

Flowers for Saffie

Saffie's brother Xander Roussos, 11, said it is "quite hard to cope with", adding there are "times when you're sad and times when you're happy".

"We do a little bit of laughing, a little bit of joking, a little bit of crying and cuddling, and that's how we get through the day," Mr Roussos said.

Mr Roussos said he had met Ariana Grande before her One Love Manchester concert in June.

"I wanted to tell her what she meant to Saffie," he said. "I wanted to tell her from a father's point of view that she's got nothing to be sorry for... It wasn't her fault."

"All she could say to me was, 'I'm sorry', and I said, 'You've got nothing to be sorry for. You made Saffie so happy with what you do'.

"She thanked me," he said. "She appreciated me telling her that."

Mr Roussos said he was thankful Saffie managed to enjoy the entire show before she died.

"I'm grateful she got to see all of it," he said.

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